The Old Jewish Cemetery (Czech: Starý židovský hřbitov) lies in the Josefov, the Jewish Quarter of Prague in the Czech Republic.
The numbers of grave stones and numbers of people buried there are uncertain, because there are layers of tombs. However, it has been estimated that there are approximately 12,000 tombstones presently visible, and there may be as many as 100,000 burials in all.
According to halakhah, Jews must not destroy Jewish graves and in particular it is not allowed to remove the tombstone. This meant that when the cemetery ran out of space and purchasing extra land was impossible, more layers of soil were placed on the existing graves, the old tombstones taken out and placed upon the new layer of soil. This explains why the tombstones in the cemetery are placed so closely to each other. This resulted in the cemetery having 12 layers of graves.
This cemetery is allegedly the secret venue of conspiracy meetings of the Elders of Zion and the place where The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (the Zionistic plan to rule the world or New World Order) was created. This information was first mentioned in Hermann Goedsche’s 1868 novel, Biarritz (in English as To Sedan) which probably inspired the Russian secret police to create The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to spread anti-semitism in Russia. The Protocols then took on a life of their own and were considered to be true by the likes of Hitler and many enemies of Jews.
This place was beyond powerful. The amount of dead there and the fact that people are looking at this as some amazing tourist site and seemingly ignoring the fact that it’s still a cemetery and these people should be respected. I felt terrible talking pictures of these graves upon graves upon graves, but I felt like more people should know about this.