The New Jewish Cemetery (Czech: Nový židovský hřbitov) in Žižkov, Prague, Czech Republic, was established in 1891 to relieve the space problem at the Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague. It is about 10 times bigger than the Old Jewish Cemetery and provides space for approximately 100,000 graves, therefore having the capacity to serve for a whole century. There is also a specially designated area for urns, though the Jewish tradition does not allow cremation. The cemetery is still in use today and operated by the Jewish Community in Prague.
I found that my 2X Great Grand Father Adolf Gross was buried there. Here is his burial record i found at Jewish Gen
The New Jewish Cemetery Address is :
Izraelská 712/1 130 00. Praha 3 – Zizkov, Czech Republic\
I was born on June 16th, 1974 in Jakarta, Indonesia as a 1st child to Oemardi & Věra Grossová. A mix couple of Indonesian & Czech.
This is how i remember my Grand Mother Věra Hamšiková (the one sitting beside my Father). As i lived in Indonesia and she lived in Czech, i only meet her a couple times before she passed away in 1982 when i was 8 years old. And sadly, she was the only Grand Parent i got the chance to meet.
I used to love dancing when i was a kid. This is me dancing Balineese Dance.
This handsome man is Emil Gross (II). He was my Grand Father i never got a chance to meet. Son of Emil Gross (I) & Marie Rožumberská.
Emil Gross (II) was born in Prague on February 10th, 1903 as a 3rd child of 4. In his young age, he used to live in Nikolajka Street, Prague. My Mother gave me a lot of his father’s Post Cards from his best friend , addressed to Nikolajka Street. This is one of those Post Cards :
As i never got a chance to meet him, his Pictures and those Post Cards are a special way i can feel close to him. I cherished them so much. And some times i think, how nice it is that his descendants can actually hold his Post Cards. What will our descendants keep of us in this digital era ?
Emil Gross (II) was married to Věra Hamšiková on December 20th, 1946. My Mother gave me her parents Marriage Certificate :
Emil Gross (I) & Věra Hamšiková’s Wedding Picture :
Emil Gross (II) was 48 years old when his only daughter was born on January 6th, 1951. She is my Mother, Věra Grossová. I’m planning to ask my Mother to tell me her memories about her father. And i will update this page later.
My Grand Father passed away on March 9th, 1964. Here are his Death Records :
Emil Gross (I) was born in Prague, April 7th 1871. He was my Great grand Father. Here is his birth Record. He had Circumcision ceremony on April 14th, 1871.
My Mother always told me that Emil Gross (I) was raised in a Catholic Orphanage, and didn’t knew he was a Jew until some SS officers found his records and told him before WW2, just before the Holocaust tragedy. He was lucky that he was married with my Great Grand Mother who was a Catholic Czech. So he was not transported to Terezin, although he still had to use that Yellow Star on his clothes, and treated just like any other Jewish at that time.
The mystery about -why he was raised in a Catholic Orphanage- was answered when i found his mother’s Death Record here. She passed away because of Typhus in Humpolec on February 16th 1875, when Emil Gross (I) was only 4 years old. So, i assume that Adolf couldn’t took care of Emil Gross (I) and put him to the Orphanage.
Emil Gross (I) was married to Marie Rožumberská. Marriage date still unknown. The couple had 4 children :
Emilie Grossová (1901). She was than married to Jaroslav Ebr and had no children.
Marie Grossová (February 28th, 1902). She was a Czech Actrees, later married to Jiri Sedlacek (an Actor & Movie Director) on 1929, but they divorced on 1931 without children. She passed away in Prague on June 28th, 1972.
Adolf, my 2X Great Grand Father was born in Dubi, Bohemia, Czech on 1823 as a first child of 7.
Based on his Marriage Record i found here, Adolf Gross was married to Cäcilia König in Prague, May 1st 1870. The wedding was witnessed by Markus Gross and Ignaz Gross (no proof yet, but i think Ignaz was our relative).
Cäcilia was born in Raudnitz, Bohemia, Czech on February 24th 1846 to Josepin Goppert. I can’t read her father’s name, looks like Moritz König but i’m not sure yet. I found her birth record here and here.
The couple had 1 son, Emil Gross (I) , which is my Great Grand Father. Emil Gross (I) was born in Prague, on April 7th 1871.
Sadly, i found Cäcilia König’s death record here. She passed away because of Typhus in Humpolec on February 16th 1875, when Emil Gross (I) was only 4 years old. I’m still researching where she was buried.
Adolf Gross did not remaried after he lost Cäcilia König. He passed away in Dubi, Bohemia, Czech on July 28 1898 because of Chronic Kidney Disease.
He was buried on July 31st 1898 at New Jewish Cemetery, Praha 3 Zizkov. I found his Burial Record here and here.
How many Surnames do you have in your Family ? How many did you meet in person ?
Here are (so far) Surnames of my Mother’s side Family :
Gross – Main Surname of my Mother’s Paternal family
Hamšik – Main Surname of my Mother’s Maternal family
Fischer – My 3X Great Grand Mother’s Family Surname
König – My 2X Great Grand Mother’s Family Surname
Kovar – My 3X Great Grand Father’s Family Surname
Řiha – My 3x Great Grand Father’s Family Surname
Ebr – My Great Uncle in Law’s Family Surname
Hahn – My 3X Great Uncle in Law’s Family Surname
Goppert – My 3X Great Grand Mother’s Family Surname
I might write some more Surnames after i dig deeper into my Family History. But so far these are the Surnames from those records i found.
I only got the chance to meet my Grand Mother, Vera Grossová (born Hamšiková). And she passed away when i was 8 years old. Not so many special memories shred, since she lived in Czech, and i lived in Indonesia. But having some pictures with her give me a warm feeling inside.