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Completed in 1270 in gothic style, the Old New Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in Europe. It is also linked to a number of legends, including those related to the Temple of Jerusalem and the Golem. During Nazi occupation, the house of prayer was left untouched, as the Nazis planned to remodel and turn it into a museum.

Willhelm Kandler was a German Bohemian painter and author. Painter Joseph von Führich, a family friend and mentor, helped to enroll him at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Kandler is best known for his religious, historical, and landscape paintings.

Josef Rybička was a Czech engraver active in Prague. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, as well as in Vienna. His works predominantly depicted landscapes, cityscapes, and architectural landmarks.

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Kandler, Wilhelm: The Old New Synagogue in Prague, Leo Baeck Institute, 78.587.