The jews of Saaz / Žatec
Why we are concerning ourselves with the history of the Saaz jews?
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content: Otokar Löbl, Dr. Andreas Kalckhoff, RNDr. Zdeněk Klima
English translations: Jan Mráz, MA.
Why do we concern ourselves at all with history? Because without knowledge of the past we cannot understand the present times. Historical records supplement our genetic memory and thereby enable us to form our future in a way not posssible to animals.On the other handÂ we find explanations in history as to why our present time is as it is. Before the war ten percent of the population of Saaz were jews. Like everywhere in Europe they contributed an important partÂ to the economy and culture which is missing today. If we search for reasonsÂ for the condition of the town as ist is today, this loss may be one of them. However, people can learn for the future from the mistakes of the past.
Documentation concerning the jews of Saaz based upon documents from the archives and testimonies of surviving jews of Saaz, now living in the Czech Republic or in Israel.
Setting up a websiteÂ with a data bank for the projec âœJews in Saaz and aryanized houses of Saaz.
Documentation commemorating the airlift Zatec-Saaz to Tel Aviv (Haifa), Nov. 2010
Restoration of the Jewish cemetery and the buildings belonging to it in cooperation with he Jewish Community of Teplice
Setting up of a memorial and an information centre for jewish culture and religion on the premises of the Jewish cemete