October 11, 2006

Remains of medieval Jewish cemetery found in Czech city

Evidence of a medieval Jewish cemetery has been discovered in the Czech city of Plzen (Pilsen). Researchers from a preservationist organization say they found documents in the city archive revealing details of what they believe was one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in what was then Bohemia in the 14th century. The graveyard's existence was already known, said archaeologist Radek Siroky of the West Bohemian Institute for Heritage Conservation and Documentation, but the new documents reveal more specifics about its location. He said that only excavations, approved by religious authorities, could provide more details about the cemetery’s size and the nature of the Jewish community there.