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Jewish Families in Frýdek-Místek

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This project is dedicated to the Jewish families who lived in Frýdek (Friedek) in Silesia and Místek (Mistek) in Moravia, Czech Republic.

These two towns were merged in 1943, however, the Jewish Religious Association (Israelitischer Kultusverein) founded in 1863 with the seat in Friedek included Jews both from Friedek and Mistek, just as Jewish Religious Community (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde) Friedek-Mistek founded in 1893.

List of deceased Jews uncovered in Frydek-Mistek

(From Czech News Agency) Ostrava, North Moravia, Oct 25 (CTK) - The Jewish community in Ostrava today received a unique list of Jews who were buried at the Jewish cemetery in the nearby Frydek-Mistek in 1891-1942, which is probably the only such list preserved in the Czech Republic, Ostrava Jewish community head Jirina Garajova told CTK.

The valuable book, which was recently uncovered in the grave registry in Frydek-Mistek, north Moravia, also includes a map of the cemetery and the numbers of particular gravestones. "I suppose that nothing like that has been kept in any other municipal office," said Garajova after she took over the book from Frydek-Mistek Mayor Eva Richtrova.

Garajova added that the newly found map would help the Jewish community restore the cemetery. "Now we can put the preserved gravestones at their original place according to the map," she added. Garajova said that the Ostrava Jewish community will consult the finding with the Jewish Museum in Prague and it may send it to the museum.

The book, containing some 300 names, proves that Jews were still buried at the local cemetery during World War Two. Among the listed names is the family of famous businessman Loewy, founder of textile industry in Frydek-Mistek.

"It is a rarity that the book was preserved at all. Germans [occupying the Czech Lands during WW2] usually destroyed all similar documents," she told CTK. Garajova said that the Jewish cemetery in Frydek-Mistek is the only one declared national culture heritage. During the past two years some elderly people from Germany and a group of students from Berlin have helped maintain the local Jewish cemetery, she added. hol/dr/ms

"Unique list of deceased Jews uncovered in Frydek-Mistek." Europe Intelligence Wire. Financial Times Ltd. 2006. AccessMyLibrary. 5 May. 2013


Frýdek-Místek: Silesia, Moravia International Jewish Cemetery Project

Earliest known Jewish community was second half of the 19th century. Jewish population: 262 + 227 (in 1890). 1930 Jewish population was 432. The Jewish community originated in 1881 Source