Tikkun Pacov is a registered, apolitical, non-profit, non-governmental organisation striving to keep the Jewish history and cultural heritage in the Pacov area alive. Tikkun (Hebrew for repair) for us means the renewal of historical memory and memory of the tragically deceased Jewish residents of Pacov. All donations to the transparent bank account No. 2701205032/2010 (IBAN: CZ72 2010 0000 0027 0120 5032; SWIFT/BIC: FIOBCZPPXXX) are highly appreciated and will be used in our ongoing efforts to save the local synagogue. Our address is: 320 Náměstí Svobody Sq, 395 01 Pacov, Czech Republic. You can also contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The statutes are available for inspection via the public register.
Pacov lies in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands area of the Czech Republic. Currently it has about 5,000 inhabitants. There are no resident Jews in today Pacov. However, a closer examination reveals traces of a community whose history stretches over several centuries, even if today it is almost forgotten. Few come to visit the Jewish cemetery managed by the Jewish Community of Prague. And almost no-one would recognize the former synagogue in a shabby building hidden behind a bottling plant processing spring water from the nearby Stražiště hill.
But things have begun to change for the better. There is a growing local interest in the half-forgotten history and fate of Jewish fellow citizens, a vast majority of which were engulfed in the tragedy of the Holocaust. The local interest in renewing their memory now also includes the restoration of tangible monuments left by the Jewish people in Pacov.
The former synagogue, one of the most significant Jewish landmarks in Pacov, has a chance for a new life.
Local initiative to save the synagogue
Since 2015 a grass-roots effort of local citizens has been working towards the reconstruction of the synagogue and establishment of a museum/memorial of the former Jewish community in Pacov. In April 2017 the Tikkun Pacov synagogue association received non-profit status in the Czech Republic so it can move forward with their plans to restore the Pacov synagogue.
Our efforts have so far resulted in several events in Pacov including high-school and public lectures and screenings, a public discussion with the Czech politician and sociologist Fedor Gál on anti-Semitism and Holocaust, and a visit of the daughter of the last Pacov rabbi Ms Nelly Guttmann.
Recent research utilizing the archives of the Jewish Community in Prague and the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles as well as testimonies of survivors and eyewitnesses from Pacov area has provided remarkable results including the discovery of the last Pacov rabbi’s daughter who visited Pacov in June 2017.
The Tikkun Pacov synagogue association has taken first steps towards securing financial support for the reconstruction of the synagogue and its conversion into a museum/educational center commemorating the Jews of Pacov as well as the issue of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. The fate of this monument is inseparably entwined with the remembrance of Jewish community that forms an important part of the historical heritage and memory of Pacov, the Czech Republic, and Europe.