The autobiography of one of the only Holocaust survivors from Pacov is now available in Czech. The author’s son Stefan will launch the book on Friday 12 October at 6pm in Kafe Knihy Jednota in Tábor, and on Saturday 13 October at 3pm in the Pacov public library.
A recording of public talk followed by dramatization of Hans Bader’s memoir of the November 1942 Pacov deportation as performed by Pacov high school students is now available on YouTube (in Czech only). Both took place as part of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Jewish residents from Pacov to Theresienstadt concentration camp which we organized in cooperation with the Černovice Jewish Monument Association on 11 and 12 November 2017 under the title Crossroads and Irreversibilities of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands History. Recorded by Dušan Swalens.
“How long have Jews been living in Pacov?” “When were Jews deported from Pacov and what happened to them?” “Do you know any Pacov Jews?” “Have you ever been to the Jewish cemetery in Pacov?” “Do you know what matzo is and who baked it in Pacov?” Those and similar questions elicited a forest of raised hands from Year 5 pupils of the Pacov primary school during an introduction to the local Jewish heritage which took place in the main hall of Pacov Chateau on 26 March 2018. The schoolchildren were thus given the chance to explore the history and fate of their Jewish neighbours. The deep and spontaneous interest they showed throughout the talk gives us a reason to hope that the history of Pacov Jews will be embraced by the local cultural memory and the new generation rather than forgotten. A small gallery of photos is available at the school’s website www.zspacov.cz (Czech only)
Our efforts to save the synagogue have been covered by an article on page 6 in the last year’s issue #3 of the Czech expats’ association Beseda quarterly (Czech only): www.beseda.be/images/zpravodaj/2017_09_zpravodaj_beseda_web.pdf
You can now watch Pavel Tychtl and Dušan Swalens’s documentary about the Pacov Jewish community before WWII and during the Holocaust Rodáci bez hrobu (Neighbours Without Graves) in Czech with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=805FzP3Eaxc
The Deník Referendum internet daily summarizes the current state of Pacov synagogue in an article published on September 10, 2017. Avaliable here (in Czech only).
The public broadcasting service Český rozhlas has briefly covered pre- and post-war history of Pacov’s Jewish community. Available here (in Czech only).