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[UPDATE] Photos by Charles Burns [November 2017]

[used the cemetery at Tucapy until 1830's or 1840's] See Rozmberk for additional information.

US Commission No. CZCE00046
Prehorov is located in Bohemia, Tabor at 49°15 14°45, 3 km SE of Sobeslav and 19 km SSE of Tabor. Cemetery: 1400 m SE, in the forest. Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.

  • Town: Obecni Urad Prehorov, 392 01 Sobeslav; tel. 0363/4542.
  • Regional: Zidovska Nab. Obec V Praze, Maislova 18, 110 01 Praha 1; tel. 02/231-86-64; and Okresni Urad, Referat Kultury, Palackeho 350, 390 01 Tabor; tel. 0361/226-46.
  • Interested: Statni Zidovske Muzeum, Jachymova 3, 110 01 Praha 1; tel. 02/231-06-34; Husitske Muzeum, namesti Mikulase z Husl 44, 390 01 Tabor; tel. 0361/222-42 and local historian: Kveta Volavkova, Prehorov 22, 392 01 Sobeslav.

Earliest known Jewish community was first quarter of 18th century. 1930 Jewish population was 6 in Prehorov and 78 in Sobeslav; 16 people were subject to racial laws in Prehorov in 1941. Peak Jewish population was 1849 (over 100 people). Jews later moved to Sobeslav and to other big towns; seat of congregation probably moved to Sobeslav in late 19th century. The unlandmarked Jewish cemetery originated between 1830-1850 with last known Conservative or Progressive/Reform Jewish burial before 1943. Sobeslav, 3 km away, used site. The wooded flat isolated site has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all via a broken masonry wall and non-locking gate. The pre- and post-WWII size of cemetery is 0.0863 ha.

20-100 stones, most in original location, date from before mid-19th-20th century. The granite, limestone and sandstone flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones or multi-stone monuments have Hebrew, German and Czech inscriptions. Some have metal fences around graves. The cemetery contains a pre-burial house ruin and no known mass graves. Praha Jewish community owns the cemetery. Adjacent properties are forest. Occasionally, private visitors stop. Vandalism occurred occasionally 1981-91 but was devastated first in 1962. Local/municipal authorities did restoration in 1962-63 with vandalism afterward. There is no maintenance. Serious threat: vandalism. Moderate threat: vegetation and proposed nearby development. Slight threat: weather erosion.

Jiri Fiedler, z"l, Brdickova 1916, 155 00 Praha 5; tel. 02/55-33-40 completed survey on 1 August 1992. Documentation: census 1723, 1849, 1930; cadastre of 1829, 1854; notes of survey made by Statni Zidovske Muzeum Praha (1947); Jan Herman: Jewish Cemeteries... (1980); Gustav A.Schimmer: Statistik des Judenthums...(1872); and letter of K. Volavkova. The site was not visited. Old inhabitants of the village Prehorov were interviewed (1987, 1991).

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