STOD: Plzen, Bohemia Print
Town some 20 km (12 mi) SW of regional capital, Plzeň, on the Radbuza River.Stod is also the seat of the Municipality with Extended Competence. Yizkor has full Jewish history of Stod. In the remnant of the cemetery 236 victims of a transport from a concentration camp in 1945 were buried. By one report, a ceremonial hall exists. [February 2009]

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Alternate German name: Staab. Stod is located in Bohemia, Pilsen (Pilsen-S) at 49°38′N 13°09′E , 19 km SW of Plzen. Cemetery: 800 m SW. Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with probably no Jews.

  • Town: Mestsky Urad, 333 01 Stod.
  • Regional: Okresni urad Plzen-jih-Referat Kultury, Radobycicka 14, 320 00 Plzen and Jewish congregation: Zidovska Nabozenska Obec, Smetanovyy sady 5, 301 37 Plzen; tel. 019/357-49.
  • Interested: Okresni Muzeum, 336 02 Blovice cp. 148; tel. 0185/157 and Ludek Hauptman, local historian, Hradecka 446, 333 01 Stod and Statni Zidovske Muzeum, Jachymova 3, 110 01 Praha 1; tel. 02/231-06-34.
  • Key holder: Myslivecka Jednota, 333 01 Stod.

Earliest known Jewish community was 1873. 1930 Jewish population was 57. Expulsion of Jews by Nazis occurred in 1938. The unlandmarked Jewish cemetery originated in 1906 with last known Progressive/Reform community Jewish burial before 1940. The flat suburban site, separate but near cemeteries, has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open with permission via continuous masonry wall and locking gate. The pre- and post-WWII size of cemetery is about 0.1 ha.

The cemetery contains no stones but has unmarked mass graves and a pre-burial house. Mysliveck Hednota owns cemetery property since 1967 and uses it for storage of pheasant cages and parking. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private visitors stop. Vandalism occurred prior to World War II, during World War II (by Nazis) and 1945-1981.
Jiri Fiedler, z"l, Brickova 1916, 155 00 Praha 5; tel. 02/55-33-40 completed survey on 18 May 1992. Documentation: Hugo Gold: Die Juden und Judengemeinden Bohemens (1934); notes of Statni Zidovske Muzeum Praha (1955); local history; Irena Mala and Ludmila Kubatova: Pochody smrti (1965). No site visits or interviews occurred.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 20:02