Jewish Gravestones Unearthed During Construction in Prague
In Prague’s Wenceslas Square, a facelift project resulted in the discovery of dozens of paving stones made from Jewish headstones. Workers found cobblestones whose undersides bore Hebrew lettering, stars of David, and dates marking deaths. The polished surface of the stones indicated that they had been removed from cemeteries or synagogues.
The discovery confirmed suspicions that in the 1980s, communist authorities raided synagogues and cemeteries for building materials to use in the groundwork of the Wenceslas Square pedestrianization.