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.

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.

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

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

3 Graves, 2 Poems, 1 Ghost Story

Along with his other cemetery photographs, Bernie sent me three tombstones of literary figures. How did he know I majored in English? Perhaps Bernie is more of a kindred spirit than I thought. The first is a photo of Emily Dickinson's grave. I have few favorites when it comes to poetry, and Dickinson is easily … Continue reading 3 Graves, 2 Poems, 1 Ghost Story

About the Photographer

I’d like to give a shout out to Bernie Kubiak for freely sharing his photographs with us for Cemetery Month at StoriesFromThePast.com. His talent as a photographer comes from years of practice. A large portion of the photographs submitted by Bernie for cemetery month come from St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany New York. Bernie shares … Continue reading About the Photographer

Graveyard Month 2017

Happy October! I'm featuring cemetery photos from my cousin Bernie Kubiak this month.  This one is from Chestnut Hill Cemetery in the village of Portville, New York (near Olean). I don't think we have any relatives buried here. You can find a complete listing of interments  here.