Jewish cemeteries are called Houses of Life for good reason This book shows how burial grounds across Europe reflect the ways that specific Jewish communities have lived and continue to live Thirty cemeteries are profiled, starting with the Roman era, running through Islamic Spain and medieval Italy to baroque and 19th century Germany, and ending in present day Britain and France Each cemetery is illustrated with historical and current plans, maps, paintings, drawings, and photographs of both the cemeteries and the communities they have served....
|Title||:||Houses of Life: Jewish Cemeteries of Europe|
|Publisher||:||Frances Lincoln November 1, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
|File Size||:||782 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Houses of Life: Jewish Cemeteries of Europe Reviews
This book is a must have for anyone interested in either Jewish History, Genealogy, or Gravestone Art. Several things make this book fantastic: one, it provides a history of European Jewish cemeteries from the early Roman period through today. Two, it is beautifully illustrated: in addition to featuring some of the most important artwork created about these cemeteries (including the cover illustration by Chagal and the Prague Cycle), it is richly illuminated by the photographs of Hans Dietrich Beyer. I also appreciated the range of cemeteries Jacobs covers: although I own a book by Minna Rosen on the Haskoy Cemetery in Istanbul, I liked being able to see the photographs of that cemetery next to ones from the same era from elsewhere in Europe and hearing how it differed stylistically from other Sephardic cemeteries. The city maps with the cemeteries highlighted are awesome, as are the archival photographs.
House of life is a euphemistic term used by Jews for cemeteries. It's beth hachaim in Hebrew. This term is often used because it implies that cemeteries are where the dead await the coming of the Messiah and their resurrection. House of eternity (beth olam) is also used; as is beit kevarot, house of graves.
I picked up this book in order to prepare a talk on non-Catholic burials in Rome. The book not only covers Rome in great detail but takes the reader all over Europe, from Spain to Russia to Greece to England. Outstanding photographs accompany a well-written and thoroughly research text.