photo of decayed eastern wall of cemetery and overgrowth, p 72 [February 2009]
HOSTOUN: (I) US Commission No. CZCE000088
Engineer Mojmir Maly, Ve Stresovickach 58, 169 00 Praha 6; tel. 35-57-69 and Jiri Fiedler, z"l, Brdickova 1916, 155 00 Praha 5; tel. 02/55-33-40 completed survey on 15 March 1992. Documentation: History of the Congregation by J. Polak-Rokycana, 1969 and notes of Statni Zidovske Muzeum, Prague. Maly visited site in 1992 and conducted no interviews.
HOSTOUN II: US Commission No. CZCE000240
Cemetery: 800 meters WSW of town, called the "new cemetery." The unlandmarked cemetery originated before 1840. Rabbis are buried here with last known Jewish burial in 1985. The isolated rural (agricultural) hillside has no sign. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all via broken masonry wall and no gate. Size of cemetery before and after WWII ha s: 1,503 sq. m. 100-500 gravestones, 1-20 not in original locations with 25%-50% toppled or broken, date from 1839-40-20th century. The marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and terrazzo flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, flat stones with carved relief decoration, or multi-stone monuments have Hebrew, German, and Czech inscriptions. Some have portraits on stones and/or metal fences around graves. The cemetery contains no known mass graves. Within the limits of the cemetery is a pre-burial house. Prague Jewish community owns Jewish cemetery. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Occasionally, private visitors and local residents stop. Vandalism occurred between 1945 and now. Jewish groups within country cleared vegetation in 1991. Praha Jewish Congregation pays the regular caretaker. Security (uncontrolled access) and vandalism are very serious threats. Weather erosion is a moderate threat. Pollution is a slight threat. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a constant problem, disturbing graves.
See Hostoun I for 15 March 1992 survey details. Documentation: History of the Congregation by J. Polak-Rokycana, 1969. Other documentation exists but was too old. Maly visited the visited in 1989 and 1992 and interviewed local inhabitants in 1989.
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