Monthly Archives: February 2011

People in the cemetery watch you back

Forgotten Faces: A Window Into Our Immigrant Past by Ronald William Horne My rating: 4 of 5 stars Morbid Curiosity #8 featured a story by sculptor Mary Jo Bole, who worked at the Dedouch Factory learning the techniques they used … Continue reading

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A take-along guide to cemeteries

Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister My rating: 4 of 5 stars I snatched this book off the shelf as soon as my eye landed on it. It has long surprised me … Continue reading

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Czech graveyards as community records

Old Bohemian and Moravian Jewish Cemeteries by Arno Parik My rating: 3 of 5 stars Arno Parik’s introduction opens with the Talmudic law that the dead are to be guaranteed the eternal inviolability of their graves. When founding these historic … Continue reading

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Beautiful gravestone motifs

Graven Images: Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Gravestone by Arnold Schwartzman My rating: 5 of 5 stars What an indispensable little book this is! It collects 240 full-color photographs of motifs on Jewish gravestones, breaking them down into family symbols, … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #4: The Old Jewish Cemetery

The Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague Part of the Jewish Museum in Prague U Staré školy 1 110 00 Prague 1 Telephone: +420 222 749 211 e-mail: officejewishmuseum.cz Founded: in the first half of the 15th century Oldest surviving monument: … Continue reading

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