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Jewish Community history and more history. Photo from cemetery.The Jewish Cemetery on top of Tauk Bahqe hill near Velania dates from the 19th century when Pristina's Jewish Community had about 1,500 members. The cemetery was landmarked in 1967 when 57 tombstones were visible. Today, the desolate cemetery is surrounded by a metal fence; isolated tombstones are scattered between thorny bushes and high grass. [March 2009]

The cemetery is located in the Lagjja e Dodones Velania area in Kosova Province. Present total town population is over 100,000 over 500,000 with no Jews.

Since the March-June 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, I've been engaged in various projects in Kosova. As far back as November 1999 I knew that there was a Jewish cemetery in Prishtina but I was put off going there, as there was a concern about landmines. Last September I was able to walk around a cleared area in the cemetery. I also photographed all the graves that were accessible. Some parts are still overgrown but as nobody was able to confirm landmine clearance, I was unable to explore further (local children told me there were more graves in this overgrown area). I am in Prishtina frequently, I am willing to take more photographs when the vegetation is cleared. My photographs of the visible graves were submitted to the JOWBR.

Mrs. Cheryl JOHNSON visited the site September 2005 and completed the survey in March 2006. Her address is PO Box 50056, Musgrave Road 4062, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Other documentation exists but was inaccessible. She was accompanied by Mr Armond MORINA, Suite 21, 50 Eduard Lir Street, Prishtina, KOSOVA (UNMIK) Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [March 2006]

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