Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Pebbles Pile Up

An article about the grave of Oskar Schindler in Jerusalem mentions that the custom depicted at the end of Schindler's List continues.

It is a traditional Jewish practice to place small stones on gravestones - and the piles of stones on Schindler's grave attest to a large number of visitors.
The piles of stones and wreaths of dried flowers that have been placed on Oskar Schindler's simple gravestone conceal part of the inscription. It mentions that he is a Righteous Gentile who rescued 1,200 Jews. On top of the pile of stones this week was a small shard on which someone had written in ink: "Toda, Gracias, Danke, the Jews remember and do not forget," signed: Mark Holtz, Baltimore, U.S.A. [Link]
I love this tradition of leaving behind a "calling card," though excavation may sometimes be required to read epitaphs.
[Photo credit: Untitled by DDanzig]

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