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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
8 17 12 Turkey
28 Jan 2011 8:54AM
Very effective and quality work. Well done!
Congrats and regards,
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Interesting research Danny and the figure sits comfortably in the image, giving scale to the stones.

Dougie
CarolG Plus
10 199 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
saeidNL 7 3 Netherlands
28 Jan 2011 9:18AM
Beautiful and great image,well done,
saeid
DeSilver Plus
9 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.


David.
franken Plus
14 4.2k 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.

Dougie




I agree.

Ken
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 9:29AM
Well presented image and I think he is the same gentleman I have in my picture.
Mavis
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 9:33AM
Beautifully captured and tells the story well
Lillian
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 9:38AM
A fascinating write up Danny, and a beautifully poignant study.
Carol
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 70 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 9:39AM
Very nicely composed, a fascinating image in visual and historical terms.
Bill
Phil_L 8 19 1 Wales
28 Jan 2011 9:39AM
Gently evocative. Very well seen and captured.
Phil
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1691 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.
Moira
cats_123 Plus
13 4.7k 27 Northern Ireland
28 Jan 2011 9:59AM
another cracker!
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
28 Jan 2011 10:25AM
A very emotive and thought provoking shot, Danny: there could be so many stories behind this one.
Ronnie.
28 Jan 2011 10:59AM
Wonderful image Dan - well done

Chris
AshTree 7 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.

Theresa
28 Jan 2011 11:03AM
Superb moment you have captured with this belter
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 12:08PM
brilliant wrte up dan cracking detail a stunner Wink
andy
Joline Plus
11 27 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 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.
Barbara
EMJAYCEE Plus
8 10 10 England
28 Jan 2011 1:13PM
Really interesting write up Dan and equally interesting capture.
Joan.
superb image dan,well captured.ray
Superb work!!!!
JNC
DaveMead 8 23 14 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 2:55PM
Fascinating write-up and a great image.
Dave
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 11 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 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.
Mick.
Richsr 10 91 223 England
28 Jan 2011 4:46PM
Well worked here Danny.
Regards Richard
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
28 Jan 2011 5:06PM
So soulfilled with the snow

Peter
Sue_R 11 11 6 Scotland
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 8 106 6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 7:00PM
Amazing place and an amazing image Dan.

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

John Smile
danbrann 12 636 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.
VivienO 7 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 8:21PM
You've conveyed it beautifully. The image has real depth and a deep sadness.
Vivien
RockArea 10 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.

David
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 8:59PM
interesting write up (imagine 12 layers of graves) well thought out image very thought provoking
goso 10 2 1 Australia
29 Jan 2011 6:11AM
A very sobering image Dan - well done...Bill
DiegoDesigns 11 117 6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2011 9:02AM
A highly emotive scene Danny, well caught... Dave
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2011 4:51AM
Outstanding photography and deserved your awards.
regards
Yung

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