The Jewish synagogue in Holesov is one of the most important Jewish sites in the Czech Republic. It is built in the so called Polish style, of which there are not many left in the world. It is a two storey building which dates back to the 17th century. Next to the synagogue, there is a cemetery where the oldest tombstone is from 1646. It also houses the grave of the significant learned Rabbi Sabbatai ben Meir ha Kohen, called "Šach". His tomb is visited by people from Israel, the US and other countries. Kosher wine may also be purchased here.
The history of the Jewish cemetery in Uherský Brod dates back to the 15th century. The Jewish community here was considerable, but its end came with the Second World War. At that time, Jews not only from Brod but also from the surrounding area were taken to concentration camps. Few survived. Despite that, 1100 gravestones have been preserved, among them the tombstone of Rabbi Nathan Nath, who died in 1683 during a raid by the Hungarians.
Uherské Hradiště - The Synagogue - The Library of B. B. Buchlovan
During the Second World War, the Gestapo burned the synagogue down and everything was destroyed. Nevertheless, after the war people began to rebuild it themselves. Unfortunately, there was a fire again in 1966, and then the building was restored again and used as a library. Another blow came in 1997 with the floods. However, the damage from floods meant that the library received fundamental repairs and the interior was changed completely. The dome of the library offers beautiful views of the town, we like to go there during the wine festival to watch people in the streets in folk costumes. This year, 2015, has been declared a "Year of Jewish culture" and many customs and traditions have been presented here.