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By danbrann  
Jewish Cemetery Prague
I have tried to convey a Jewish Gentleman searching the past.

It is not clear when exactly the cemetery was founded. This has been the subject of discussion of many scholars. Some are claiming that the cemetery is over 1000 years older than the accepted date, which is the first half of the 15th century. The oldest grave belongs to the Prague rabbi and poet Avigdor Kara from 1439. It was founded by the king Ottokar II of Bohemia.
According to halakhah, Jews must not destroy Jewish graves and in particular it is not allowed to remove the tombstone. This meant that when the cemetery ran out of space and purchasing extra land was impossible, more layers of soil were placed on the existing graves, the old tombstones taken out and placed upon the new layer of soil. This explains why the tombstones in the cemetery are placed so closely to each other. This resulted in the cemetery having 12 layers of graves

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
28 Jan 2011 8:54AM
Very effective and quality work. Well done!
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Interesting research Danny and the figure sits comfortably in the image, giving scale to the stones.

CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
28 Jan 2011 9:15AM
A superb image, Dan, and very interesting information you have given us. I've heard of high-rise apartments, but graves???!!! Carol
28 Jan 2011 9:18AM
Beautiful and great image,well done,
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
28 Jan 2011 9:20AM
You have conveyed what you wanted to with this image, its very good indeed. Also the information was very good as well and something that I did not know. Just goes to show you can learn something every day. Thanks.

franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 9:24AM

Quote:Interesting research Danny and the figure sits comfortably in the image, giving scale to the stones.


I agree.

28 Jan 2011 9:29AM
Well presented image and I think he is the same gentleman I have in my picture.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 9:33AM
Beautifully captured and tells the story well
gingerdelight Plus
11 298 11 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 9:38AM
A fascinating write up Danny, and a beautifully poignant study.
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 9:39AM
Very nicely composed, a fascinating image in visual and historical terms.
Phil_L Plus
8 19 1 Wales
28 Jan 2011 9:39AM
Gently evocative. Very well seen and captured.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1850 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 9:43AM
Absolutely superb Danny, and very moving. Three elements - the foreshortened jumble of tombstones, the gentleman, the snow - working together.
cats_123 Plus
13 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
28 Jan 2011 9:59AM
another cracker!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
28 Jan 2011 10:25AM
A very emotive and thought provoking shot, Danny: there could be so many stories behind this one.
Wonderful image Dan - well done

AshTree Plus
8 1.7k 6 England
28 Jan 2011 11:01AM
Such a very interesting write up - I saw the cemetery briefly, but didn't get the background information. This is so well taken - the snow enhances the jumble of tombstones and of course the gentleman, with his serious, thoughtful expression, perfects the image.

28 Jan 2011 11:03AM
Superb moment you have captured with this belter
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 12:08PM
brilliant wrte up dan cracking detail a stunner Wink
Joline Plus
11 29 53 United States
28 Jan 2011 12:26PM
This is outstanding as a photograph, and as a visual essay extremely poignant. Your write up brings out the sadness and history of the place. Shortlisted!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 12:39PM
Fascinating - both the image and the story.
baclark Plus
8 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 1:02PM
A poignant and atmospheric image, well composed. Your write up is very interesting and thought provoking too. Thanks for sharing it.
8 10 10 England
28 Jan 2011 1:13PM
Really interesting write up Dan and equally interesting capture.
superb image dan,well captured.ray
Superb work!!!!
DaveMead Plus
8 23 14 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 2:55PM
Fascinating write-up and a great image.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
28 Jan 2011 2:55PM
A beautiful and meaningful image Dan. Excellent capture. Looks very atmospheric with the snow coming down and the serious looking man.........Sandhy
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
28 Jan 2011 3:58PM
A rather moving image here Danny,as I am sure this gentleman will have some horror stories from the past !!
An interesting write up too.I have heard that in some countries where land is at a premium,they bury the bodies ''standing upright'' !!
Great shot.
Richsr Plus
10 91 223 England
28 Jan 2011 4:46PM
Well worked here Danny.
Regards Richard
jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
28 Jan 2011 5:06PM
So soulfilled with the snow

Sue_R Plus
11 11 6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 6:27PM
Love everything about this one, Dan - the placing of the man, the patterns created by the snow topped gravestones and the falling snow. Shortlisted.

Sue Smile
andy_AHG Plus
9 106 6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 7:00PM
Amazing place and an amazing image Dan.

28 Jan 2011 7:29PM
Amazing image, love it.

John Smile
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
28 Jan 2011 7:48PM

Quote:Amazing image, love it.

John Smile

John thank you for your UA. It is most kind of you.
28 Jan 2011 8:21PM
You've conveyed it beautifully. The image has real depth and a deep sadness.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 8:30PM
Glad to read your description, Danny. I thought at first it was some amazing telephoto compression! I think you've conveyed what you intended very well indeed. It's an excellent shot.

pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 8:59PM
interesting write up (imagine 12 layers of graves) well thought out image very thought provoking
goso Plus
11 2 1 Australia
29 Jan 2011 6:11AM
A very sobering image Dan - well done...Bill
30 Jan 2011 9:02AM
A highly emotive scene Danny, well caught... Dave
dmhuynh72 Plus
10 44 3 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2011 4:51AM
Outstanding photography and deserved your awards.

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