Little Mehrin

Jewish cemeteries and burial rituals

Café Kapral, Údolní 17, Brno

Tuesday 14 May at 7 pm

Jaroslav Achab Haidler has written a beautiful, fascinating book, Jewish Cemeteries and Burials, published in 2019 by Grada. The book was long awaited because many people knew what Ahab has been intensely involved in for at least fifteen years: translating tombstones in Jewish cemeteries in Bohemia and Moravia. There are almost three hundred and fifty of these preserved cemeteries. About one hundred and fifty thousand tombstones! And we invited Ahab to talk about his passion on November 16th in the beautiful setting of Café Kapral. Achab himself calls such meetings with the audience lectures, but anyone who has ever experienced such a "lecture" knows that it is a completely original performance (Achab is, after all, an actor and a long-time director of the theatre in Ústí nad Labem), during which we learn much more than the title suggests. Moreover, Achab does not just impart information, although there is no shortage of that either: his "teaching" reaches people's hearts, as if he knew exactly where each of us has them. Rescheduled programme from November 2023.