Jewish Gravestones Used as Cobblestones in Prague to be Returned to Old Jewish Cemetery #Czech Republic #czech

Jan Meisels Allen


   Prague cobblestones made of gravestones cut into squares



Excavation work in Prague unearthed pieces of Jewish headstones which now will be returned to the Czech capitol’s Old Jewish Cemetery resulting from an agreement between the City and the Jewish community.  Evidently the pieces were removed from the 19th century cemetery for street building in the late 1980s. The majority of the stones were chopped into squares and used at Wenceslas Square and Na Pikope , a popular shopping thoroughfare.


Prior to World War ll the Jewish population of Czechoslovakia was about 35-,000, by the end of the war 50,000. Today the Jewish population is about 8,000 according to the BBC.  There is a project underway, Finding the Lost Face of Jewish Cemeteries to identify the gravestone fragments.



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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Joan A. Baronberg

I read this over three times to ensure there wasn’t a typo in the date. It is shocking to think that in the 1980s, Jewish cemetery stones were used for paving secular streets.
"Evidently the pieces were removed from the 19th century cemetery for street building in the late 1980s."