Tomb Hunter

It's Friday night, the eve of the Jewish sabbath. Jaroslav Haidler prays, eats a simple meal and then goes back to work at the Old Jewish Cemetery in Osoblaha, a tiny town in the northeastern corner of the Czech Republic. Armed with a flashlight, he crouches in front of one of the 300 or so tombstones, transcribes its inscription and makes notes on the shape and condition of the stone.

Haidler, 43, a part-Jewish theater-troupe director from Ústí nad Labem, a post-industrial city in the north of the country, has been documenting tombstones around the country since 1999...

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