Jewish cemetery and Jews in Podbřezí - Skalka in the Dobruš region
For more than two centuries, a strong Jewish community lived in Podbřezí. It was not until around 1848 that there was a great decline in these inhabitants by dispersal to surrounding and more distant places. As a result, the school building was closed over the next fifteen years, and the synagogue was closed several years later.
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Interesting facts Jewish cemetery and Jews in Podbřezí - Skalka in the Dobruš region
The last Jewish inhabitant was Zdeněk Kornfeld, in the first years after the war. When President Masaryk, who was in office for three years in office, passed through here, only six people of the Israeli faith lived in the village. The last burial took place in 1924, when a mourning procession set out for the cemetery to save the widow of Shames Kisch for a quiet rest.
The burial ground surrounded by forest was built in 1725. The writer Karel Krpata wrote about its appearance and location: "There is no Jewish cemetery in the Czech countryside that should compete with the rock in picturesque and attraction." the flowing stream of the Zlatý potok in its immediate vicinity and the mature trees of the mixed vegetation. The metal lattice at the entrance then suggests that you are entering a place where time stood still for a moment and where the history of the oppressed nation was imprinted in 92 tombstones.
Author: Marcela Horká, Vlastimil Hloupý