JESENIK: Sumperk, Silesia Print

US Commission No. CZCE000097

Alternate names: (German) Freiwaldau and [other] Fryvaldov. Town is in Slezsko (Silesia)-Sumperk at 50º14 17º12, 75 km N of Olomouc. Cemetery: 1 km N on Husova Str. Present population is 5000-25,000 with no Jews.

  • Town: Mayor Petr Kosatsky, Mestsky Urad, Namesti c.67, 790 00 Jesenik; tel. 0645/2710.
  • Regional andInterested: Dr. Eduard Madera, Okresni Urad-Referat Kultury, ulica E. Becese, 787 01 Sumperk; tel. 0649/3441 and Okresni Vlastivedne Muzeum, Director Dr. Milos Melzer, sady 1.maje, 787 01 Sumperk; tel. 649/4070.

Earliest known Jewish community dates from end of 19th century. 1930 Jewish population was 96. The unlandmarked cemetery originated around 1900 with last known Conservative Jewish burial before 1922. The suburban hillside, separate but near other cemeteries, has no sign. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is entirely closed with no wall, fence or gate. Size of cemetery before WWII: 0.2045 ha.

No stones are visible. Some stones removed from the cemetery are in a museum of conservation. The cemetery contains no known mass graves. A private individual owns the property now used a residence. Adjacent properties are residential. Rarely, private visitors stop. Vandalism occurred during World War II and between 1945 and ten years ago. No care or maintenance. Within the limits of the cemetery are no structures. Weather erosion, pollution, planned development, and vegetation are minor threats. Vegetation overgrowth seasonally prevents access.
Engineer arch. Jaroslav Klenovsky, Zebetinska 13, 623 00 Brno; tel. 0 completed survey form on 9 March 1992. Documentation: J. Herman: Jewish Cemeteries in Bohemia and Moravia (1980). Other documentation exists but was too old to use. Klenovsky conducted no interviews but visited site in 1987 and 1991.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 February 2009 00:45