Search for Jewish Tombs lost in the Czech Republic during WWII Brings Back Heritage

Confronting the dark legacy of the Holocaust, a small team of researchers has been working to reassemble a Jewish cemetery in the eastern city of Prostejov, Czech Republic, that was destroyed during the Nazi occupation. The Nazi death machine killed 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, wiping out a third of world Jewry — and didn’t even let those already dead rest in peace.

The discovery of Prostejov’s lost graveyard was a result of efforts to find roughly 2,000 tombstones that were desecrated and disappeared more than 70 years ago in what was then Czechoslovakia. Dozens of Jewish cemeteries faced the same eradication as the one in Prostejov. All 1,924 tombstones were desecrated, likely in 1943, and no documents are available to clarify their fate. Now a team of genealogists and historians is working to reconstruct the plans for the cemetery, including names and other information about the people buried there.

You can read more about the project in an Associated Press article by Karel Janicek http://www.stripes.com/news/europe/search-for-jewish-tombs-lost-in-wwii-brings-back-heritage-1.381338.

My thanks to newsletter reader Lynna Kay Shuffield for telling me about this story.

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