Prague police probing murder of researcher on Jewish heritage in Czech Republic

By JTA
March 9, 2014 23:13




Police in Prague are investigating the murder of Jiri Fiedler, an influential researcher on Jewish heritage in the Czech Republic.

Fiedler, 78, and his wife, Dagmar, 83, were found dead in their apartment last month, but news reports at the time did not reveal their names.

Reports said the murders were believed to have occurred around the end of January, but their bodies were not discovered until mid-February.

Fiedler, who was not Jewish, began documenting Jewish heritage sites in what is now the Czech Republic in the 1970s, riding his bicycle to remote towns and villages to photograph and describe abandoned Jewish cemeteries and former synagogues, rabbis’ homes, Jewish schools and other sites that stood in ruins or were transformed for other use.


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