Prague pedestrians tread unaware on Jewish graves

On a fine spring day in the Czech capital, a young busker draws a crowd with his rendition of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". Little does he realise the poignancy of the Bob Dylan lyrics. Since the pedestrian zone where he's standing was built in 1985 in the heart of Prague, thousands of people unknowingly walk daily across a pavement made of tombstones taken from a derelict Jewish cemetery. The sturdy, blue-grey hued slabs that line Wenceslas Square, distinct from the finer cubic stones typical elsewhere in Prague, are a legacy of the Communist past, but no less distressing for the Jewish community. "Some things are always shocking, regardless of your faith," says Leo Pavlat, head of the Jewish Museum in Prague. "Does this barbarian act offend only Jews, or is it a matter of culture, decency, shared

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