Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Nový židovský hřbitov, Žižkov

3 February.

Nový židovský hřbitov [New Jewish cemetery] was established in 1891, with space for some hundred thousand graves, or for some hundred years.

Here is to be found (and signs can be followed to) the final resting place
(21-14-21) of Franz Kafka (1883-1924) marked by the obelisk designed by architect Leopold Ehrmann (1887-1951).
The cemetery walls facing outside on the street are marked by crudely drawn graffiti, inside they bear the passing of time undisturbed. Ivy creeps up the walls, but prefers the greater heights afforded by the trees, festooned in unseasonable green. The day was of a flat dim light when I visited, and underfoot here and there the remains of snow and thawing ice.

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