Old Jewish Cemetery (Liběšice)
The Old Jewish Cemetery in Liběšice (German Liebeschitz) is about a kilometer southeast of the village of Liběšice and can be reached via an unpaved path along the Liebeschitz stream (Liběšický potok). It was laid out in the 18th century (probably 1776) and has a total area of 2949 m². There are still many baroque and classical tombstones in the cemetery, the oldest of which probably dates from the 18th century. The cemetery has not been used since the New Jewish Cemetery was established in 1897. It is surrounded by a massive wall, which is interrupted in several places so that the cemetery is practically freely accessible.
After the pogrom of 1541 in Žatec (Saaz), expelled Jews also settled in Liebeschitz. Later there was also a synagogue here. The Jewish community in Liebeschitz existed until 1931, when it was dissolved because Jewish life was concentrated in Saaz.
Gravestones in the former Jewish cemetery
- Ernst Mändl and Heinrich Schwenger: The history of the Jews in Saaz, p. 581 (from History of the Jews in Saaz, from The Jews and Jewish Communities of Bohemia in the Past and Present I. A compilation published by Hugo Gold, 1934, see digitized version )
- Description and map (Czech) (accessed January 27, 2015)
- Images and text (Czech) (accessed January 27, 2015)