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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Some Remarks on Leszek Hońdo’s Study of the Old Jewish Cemetery in Kraków

Some Remarks on Leszek Hońdo’s Study of the Old Jewish Cemetery in Kraków

(p.467) Review Essays Some Remarks on Leszek Hońdo’s Study of the Old Jewish Cemetery in Kraków
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Andrzej Trzciński

Marcin Wodziński

Liverpool University Press

This chapter offers some remarks on Leszek Hońdo's study of the old Jewish cemetery in Kraków. For centuries, the old Jewish cemetery in Kraków has attracted the special attention of researchers on Jewish antiquity and pious pilgrims to holy grave sites, as well as ordinary travellers and the simply curious. Recently, the need for a detailed inventory of the grave sites has become ever more urgent, particularly with the pace of erosion of the headstones. Following the publication by earlier historians of several incomplete descriptions of the cemetery in Kraków, Leszek Hońdo took a full inventory between 1994 and 1997. On the basis of this work, he has published a volume entitled Stary żydowski cmentarz w Krakówie: Historia cmentarza, analiza hebrajskich inskrypcji (The Old Jewish Cemetery in Kraków: History of the Cemetery with Analysis of the Hebrew Inscriptions). The chapter then reviews Hońdo's work, discussing the wider methodological issues arising in the analysis and description of Jewish cemeteries.

Keywords:   Leszek Hońdo, Jewish cemeteries, Kraków, Jewish antiquity, holy grave sites

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