New book in English!


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Introducing our book on Jewish cemeteries in South Bohemia! 🌟

Through extensive research and collaboration with esteemed institutions, we've compiled insights into 43 detailed entries out of 49 cemeteries, preserving centuries of heritage and nearly ten thousand tombstones.

🧐 Explore historical contexts, unique tombstone specifics, and symbolic artistry, unraveling captivating stories etched in stone.

This book offers a profound journey through cultural legacy.
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The aim of this book is to introduce Jewish cemeteries of South Bohemia based on documenting their current state and long-term archival research carried out over several years. There are 49 Jewish cemeteries with almost ten thousand tombstones in the territory of the present-day South Bohemia Region, and 43 cemeteries have been processed into encyclopedic entries in this book. The informational analysis and interpretation is related to sites in the historical territory of the Prácheň and Bechyně (later Tábor and Budějovice) Regions and are now administrative unit of the South Bohemian Region.

The book is divided into several essential sections. The first part gives a brief overview of the history of Jewish settlement in the Czech lands from the earliest times to the present, with special reference to the South Bohemian region. It is followed by an outline of the history of Jewish cemeteries in South Bohemia, the specifics of their founding (supplemented by examples from founding documents and excerpts from town registers), and their modern history, including their turbulent fate during the 20th century. The core of the publication is formed by a detailed catalogue of 41 South Bohemian localities where Jewish cemeteries are located (two cemeteries are in Rožmberk nad Vltavou and Tábor). Each entry has a uniform encyclopaedic structure. Cemeteries where tombstones are not currently present, because they were removed or destroyed in the not too distant past, are not considered to be extinct if there are still people buried on the site and the exact size of their area is known to us (this applies to the two cemeteries in Tábor). On the contrary, medieval and early modern cemeteries that do not meet these criteria are perceived as extinct (České Budějovice, Písek, Týn nad Vltavou).



Brief overview of the history of Jewish settlement in pre-modern times
Founding of the Jewish cemeteries in South Bohemia
Modern history of the Jews of South Bohemia and the fate of their cemeteries in the 20th century
Tombstones and their specificities
Language of tombstone texts
Structure of inscriptions
Artistic character and symbolism of tombstones
Research methods and definition of the field of interest
Locations of cemeteries and numbers of preserved tombstones
The oldest preserved tombstones
Map of Jewish cemeteries with preserved tombstones



Archival sources

List of photographers and copyright holders

Abbreviations used



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