CURRENT CZECH NAME: Prcice
(Part of twin towns Sedlec-Prcice)
OTHER NAMES/SPELLINGS: Prtschitz,
LOCATION: Prcice is located
in Bohemia, Benesov, Czech Republic. The town is located at 49.35
longitude and 14.33 latitude. Prcice is 21 km NNW of Tabor, 40km ESE of
HISTORY: The earliest known
Jewish community in this town was most likely from the second half of 17th
century. The Jewish population in 1930 was 23 people in Prcice and
23 in Sedlec. The present town population is 570 inhabitants, with
probably none Jews.
NOTABLE RESIDENTS AND DESCENDANTS:
CEMETERIES: (US Comm. no.
The Jewish cemetery is located at 1.5 km N. of town. The cemetery
was established before 1725. The Jewish community that used this cemetery
was probably Conservative. Strezimir, 6 km away, also used this cemetery.
The cemetery location is rural (agricultural), on a hillside but on flat
land with a slight slope, isolated and marked by no sign or marker.
It is reached by turning directly off a public road. It is open to
all. The cemetery is surrounded by a continuous masonry wall.
There is a gate that does not lock.
The approximate size of cemetery before WWII and now is 0.174 hectares.
The cemetery has tombstones and memorial markers made of granite and sandstone.
There are 20 to 100 stones, with legible stones datable from 1782 to the
20th century. The cemetery contains tombstones that are flat shaped stones,
finely smoothed and inscribed stones and multi-stone monuments. The cemetery
has tombstones with iron decorations or lettering and metal fences around
graves. Inscriptions on tombstones are in Hebrew, German and Czech. The
cemetery contains no known mass graves. The last known Jewish burial was
Mr. Moric Klein, who died in 1942 (79 years).
for a schematic of the cemetery that includes the legible inscriptions
from some of the markers)
The present owner of the cemetery property is the local Jewish community
of Praha. The cemetery property is now for Jewish cemetery use only. Properties
adjacent to it are agricultural. The cemetery boundaries have not changed
since 1939. The cemetery is visited rarely by private visitors.
The cemetery was vandalized during World War II, and occasionally between
1945 and 1981. No maintenance had been done. In 1995 the cemetery
was repaired by the community office of the town of Sedlec-Prcice (with
support of the Jewish community in Prague and the Cultural Ministry of
the Czech Republic. Today it is in good condition. There is no maintenance
Very serious threat: vegetation.
Serious threat: vandalism.
Moderate threat: uncontrolled access
Slight threat: weather erosion,
existing nearby development and proposed nearby development.
Town officials: Mestsky
urad, 257 91 Sedlec-Prcice.
Jewish congregation: ZNO Praha (Ms
Jana Wolfova), Maislova 18, 110 01 Praha 1, tel. 0301/2318664;
Okresni urad, referat kultury, 256
01 Benesov u Prahy;
PhDr Jiri Twoniak, district conservator
of monuments, Zapova 601/22, 256 01 Benesov u Prahy, tel.0301/23618. (Deceased
Statni zidovske muzeum, Jachymova
3, 110 01 Praha 1, tel.02/231-06-34;
Okresni muzeum Benesov, Male namesti
74, 256 01 Benesov u Prahy;
Jaroslav Horyna -local chronicler-
257 91 Sedlec-Prcice 226.
A local chronicler since
1998 is Mr. Vaclav Dikun, a teacher in the primary school in Sedlec-Prcice.
MUDr Ondrej Bazant,
Obrancu miru 660, 259 01 Votice, tel.0302/2430;
Vaclav Sustr sr., Husova 287,
259 01 Votice, tel.0302/2397.
This survey was completed by:
- Ladislac Mertl, mgr.
of geography, Kubanske nam. 1322/17, Praha 10-Vrsovice, tel.02/743213;
The following documentation was used to complete this survey:
- Jiri Fiedler, Brdickova 1916,
155 00 Praha 5, tel.02/55-33-40 on June 1992.
exists but was not used because it is not accessible. The site was not
visited. Bazant and Sustr were interviewed, both several times during the
autumn of 1991 and spring of 1992 .
H. Gold: Die Juden...Bohmens...(1934);
J. Herman: Jewish Cemeteries in
Bohemia and Moravia (1980);
notes of Statni zidovske muzeum
Praha from research in 1959;
letter of J. Horyna -(1984); and
censuses of 1724, 1930, 1991.
SUBMITTER: "Sedlec-Prcice worldonline"
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