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Dust to dust... How many tears were shed in this place? I don't know. Who is buried here? I don't know, because I can't read Hebrew. If you can, please translate - we can bring the memory of this person to life. Countless gravestones, roped off to prevent visitors from entering the space belonging only to the dead. Narrow lane leading in curves among the piles of gravestones... Impressive reminder of our human limits, how fragile we are...

Some solid as stone facts from Wikipedia: The Old Jewish Cemetery (Czech: Starý židovský hřbitov, German: Alter Jüdischer Friedhof) lies in the Josefov, the Jewish Quarter of Prague in the Czech Republic. It was in use from the early 15th century until 1787. 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(wow!).

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