The Jewish Monuments Day, organized these last three years by the Jewish Community of Prague and supported by the Foundation for Holocaust Victims, will take place on Sunday, 11th August. In Pacov you can visit the synagogue, cemetery, and former Jewish school. www.denzidovskychpamatek.cz
The Pelhřimovský deník daily features an article about the Sunday discussion along with some photos (Czech only).
By Karel Vošta
Originally published by the Z mého kraje monthly in September 2018.
Taxation lists dating from 1570 and a quote from a Jewish person most likely represents the first mention of a Jewish presence in Pacov. In the mid-17th century nine Jewish men, young and old, were mentioned by name but no women were included. In addition, a man “teaching children” was quoted. This documents that the growing Pacov Jewish community tried to ensure education of their religion through a teacher or rabbi and a cantor, who led the singing of religious texts in the prayer room. Often, these roles were conducted by one person. In the 19th century, the Pacov Jewish community had already built a synagogue and also a mikveh (bath), and school where children were taught in German.
Our website records life stories of the Holocaust survivors. They were, as in other European towns and countries, a tiny minority of the original Jewish population. We know very little or nothing whatsoever of the overwhelming majority of the Pacov Jews. However, it is important to preserve at least those fragments that remained lodged in the memory of their contemporaries and were passed on to the future generations.
the life story of Hanuš Bader
Hanuš Bader was one of the few Holocaust survivors from Pacov who had been sent to Terezín in November 1942. He survived the concentration camp in Auschwitz and Schwarzheide Labor Camp to be deported to the Bergen-Belsen death camp towards the end of World War II where, on the brink of death, he was liberated by British troops.
the story of Věra Ledererová who survived deportation to concentration and labour camps and hid in Košetice near Pacov after escaping from Germany
Věra Ledererová (b. October 20, 1920 – 1998), was a daughter of the respected tradesman, Emil Lederer, a long-time chairman of the Jewish community in Pacov and a member of the Municipal Council. Emil Lederer was arrested soon after the occupation of Czechoslovakia in December 1940 and died in the concentration camp of Buchenwald (Bernburg) in 1942.
The story of Pacov native and Holocaust survivor Leopold Pachner according to his granddaughter Zuzana Lehner and her mother Františka Adamová
Leopold Pachner (b. September 20. 1897) was born to Anna Pachnerová, née Schlesingerová (daughter of Bernard Schlesinger and Josefina Kohnová of Golčův Jeníkov). His father, Adolf, died in 1925. Leopold had a brother who died before the war, and a sister who perished in a concentration camp.
Jaroslav Lustig was born on January 13, 1911 in Lukavec near Pacov, where his father Alois Lustig ran a general store. He was married to Milena Bohumila Lustigová, née Poláčková, daughter of Emanuel Poláček and Marie, née Tellerová (b. January 13, 1910, Pacov). They had a son Jiří born December 3, 1939, in Pelhřimov. They lived in Pacov No. 437.
Pacov synagogue will be open to public in August. To arrange your visit please call: 00 32 474 307 130.
The synagogue is now owned by the Tikkun Pacov Synagogue Association. After several years we have entered another phase of our efforts, in which we will turn the synagogue into a museum and venue for common-good activities. This year we intend to restore the original entrance, possibly even the original interior layout, and organize a public discussion on the future use of the synagogue.
We have just received the belowmentioned lovely letter with a donation of CZK 200 (ca. US$ 8.5), which along with the forthcoming bicentenary of the Pacov synagogue led us to the following idea: Are there 200 people willing to donate CZK 200 toward the costs of construction work like our graceful correspondent?
Our transparent bank account number is 2701205032/2010. Please do not forget to include the words 200 Campaign as payment description.
Thank you for your help and support.