Jewish Gravestones in Kouřim Cemetery

On our recent trip to the Czech Republic we went to Kouřim. Fun fact: this is the location of the geographical center of Europe! Here we went to a cemetery to view some graves of my friend’s ancestors. In this cemetery there was a corner that was reserved only for Jews. I photographed every headstone Read more about Jewish Gravestones in Kouřim Cemetery[…]

1939 Legal Regulations of Jews in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

VLÁDNÍ NAŘÍZENÍ ZE DNE 4.7.1939 O PRÁVNÍM POSTAVENÍ ŽIDŮ VE VEŘEJNÉM ŽIVOTĚ Here you can find the exact law regulating Jews in 1939 Czechoslovakia. Open it in google chrome, right click, and select “Translate to English.” It is a depressing read, but it will help you understand the situation for Jews in the Czech Lands Read more about 1939 Legal Regulations of Jews in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia[…]

Jewish birth records in Mniší 1839-1856

There have been Jews in the Czech lands for millenia. Unfortunately, throughout those millenia, they have been persecuted to various extents by those who ruled the land. This subject is fascinating and could (and has) fill up volumes of books. It isn’t what I’m posting about today. From the 17th century forward, when the Catholics Read more about Jewish birth records in Mniší 1839-1856[…]

How should I respond when I find out someone’s ancestors were on Schindler’s list?

I had an interesting genealogy experience yesterday. I did some transcription work for a Jewish man whose recent ancestors were on Schindler’s List. I’ve been thinking about this question ever since – what is the correct response to learning this? Obviously, you can’t say, “That’s awesome.” It isn’t. The fact that Oskar Schindler saved ~1,200 Jewish Read more about How should I respond when I find out someone’s ancestors were on Schindler’s list?[…]