cemeteries, Newsletter

Where Have all the Stories Gone?

I have good news and bad news.  First, the bad news (Let's get it over quick): There have been no new stories at Stories From the Past since March 2019 . Of course, you knew that, so it really isn't news at all. Now the good news: I'm still here and gathering stories. In fact,… Continue reading Where Have all the Stories Gone?

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Bucklige Welt, Austria, Burgenland, Austria, graveyard, Holocaust, Jewish Cemeteries

Jewish Cemeteries of Burgenland and the Bucklige Welt

After the living were disposed of,  their cemeteries were usually cataloged and then desecrated and destroyed by whatever means deemed appropriate. People first; then cemeteries.

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, graveyard, Loew, Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

The Tomb of Rabbi Loew

The story of the golem is the type of myth that urban legends are borne from, but it is also the kind of myth that has the power to evoke fear and grow the seeds of hatred.

cemeteries, Covington, Kentucky, graveyard, Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington, KY, U.S. Civil War

Tombstones Don’t Grow on Trees

That's because they grow in them. At least at the Lindon Grove Cemetery in Covington, Kentucky, that is. The cemetery is named after the grove of Lindon trees that once grew naturally in this part of town, so trees are important here. Lindon Grove is not just a Cemetery. It's also a city park and… Continue reading Tombstones Don’t Grow on Trees

Caroline Smart Smith Skeen, cemeteries, graveyard, Mary Davis Skeen, Plain City, Utah Cemetery, Untold Stories, William Dolby Skeen

In 1870, Something Happened Here

Preface to The Second Wife's Story (a biography) There is a sign hanging in my mother's laundry room. It says, "On this site in 1897 nothing happened." But who knows if that's actually true? Who's to say nothing happened on that site. Right there. You know, on that very spot right next to the washing… Continue reading In 1870, Something Happened Here

Davies/Davis, Holocaust, Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Plain City, Utah Cemetery, Skeen

A Tale of Two Cemeteries

Too many years ago I wrote an essay. I wasn't really doing it just for fun, but I can honestly say it was the most rewarding essay I've ever written (for school, that is). That essay, titled Untold Stories, won second place in a department contest and put me on a journey of discovery that… Continue reading A Tale of Two Cemeteries

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, Holocaust, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria

Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time

This year's cemetery month begins with graveyard poetry. For today's post, I begin with the end: the final stanza of The Jewish Cemetery at Newport by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was first published 160 years ago, in 1858, and contemplated an abandoned Jewish graveyard established nearly 200 years previously in 1677. Among Longfellow's contemplation, he… Continue reading Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time