Arlene Beare <arl@...>
I have just received a really beautiful book entitled-
"Jewish Cemeteries in Latvia" written by Mejers Melers. One of
the editors is our Latvian Archivist Rita Bogdanova.
The book has lovely glossy illustrations and gives historical
information on the cemeteries in Latvian,Russian and English. I was
interested to read in the preface among other points of historical
interest that the first person in the new community was the butcher
(Shokhet) and not the Rabbi. He had ministerial duties as well as his
direct duties until the community was able to afford a Rabbi.
A large map of Latvia has a blue Magen David marking the cemetery
locations. A summary report gives the conditions of the Jewish
cemeteries in Latvia. Only 24 of the 58 surveyed have been maintained
or restored and at least 8 are still in use.
I have asked for details of price and where to buy it and will let
you know when I have it.