Tombstone of Franz Kafka
Today I went with a couple friends and their literature teacher to The New Jewish Cemetery (Novy Zidovsky Hrbitov) in Zizkov, Prague. I'm not enrolled in their class, but their very lovely teacher gladly accepted my request to tag along. So I did! I'm glad I did too. The cemeteries in Prague are quite extraordinary and are a pleasure to just stroll around in. It was difficult to choose only a couple tombstones to take photos of because they are all beautiful or unique in some way. I think, perhaps, the markers exemplify how people here view the deceased or how they want them to be perceived by passersby. Maybe I'm wrong, but the impression of the people laid to rest there, were definitely loved and cared about. Not only are the tombstones exquisite, but the parks are impressively large with towering trees overhead. The leaves are starting to turn colors as well, so that was also a nice touch.
We stopped by Franz Kafka's tombstone! There were flowers and handwritten notes of admiration laying underneath rocks at the foot of his grave. We sat on a bench nearby for ten minutes or so, and a few other people stopped by as well to pay their respects. Okay this might sound strange, but I find it odd.. Franz Kafka hadn't become famous until after his death. He had no knowledge of his fame or that his writings would leave such an impact, that people want to travel just to visit his grave. Some of his writings include: "The Metamorphosis," "The Trial," and "The Castle." He is a famous writer here in Prague, whose name is everywhere. There is even a museum about him: http://www.kafkamuseum.cz/ShowPage.aspx?tabId=-1
Along the perimeter wall, there were plaques with names of people who died in the holocaust.