Europe's Jews defiant in the face of Covid

WITH 20 years of experience as a professional singer, Petra Ernyei had enjoyed a reasonable level of job security.

During the High Holy Days especially, Ernyei, 44, could depend on steady gigs from local Jewish organisations in her native Czech Republic, home to some of European Jewry's oldest heritage sites.

She has performed at the Maisel Synagogue, a 17th-century Renaissance temple with three naves, and the synagogue in Polna, which was rebuilt in recent years after having been used by the Nazis as a warehouse for stolen Jewish property.

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