Ostrava and its Jews

Now Non-one Sings You Lullabies

Vallentine Mitchell brochure –


Rodina Rixovych Obchodni Rix

Kameny zmizelych

Deborah Kellovska’s School Thesis 2021: “Rix Family Department Store –

The stones have disappeared”



Statutární mêsto Ostrava Archiv

Paláce hojnosti Ostravské obchodní domy June 2016

Old photos of Department Stores 


So what’s so interesting about Ostrava

An article written by David Lawson in 2016.

so-what-is-interesting-about-ostrava (pdf)


European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)

Dr Michal Frankl, formerly Deputy Director of the Jewish Museum in Prague, published an article on the EHRI website about photographing refugees, involving the Goldberg family story.

On visual representation of refugees


Judaica Bohemiae vol XLVIII-I

Article in Judaica Bohemiae, 2015, about the collaboration between the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Kingston Ostrava Circle.

Judaica Bohemiae article (pdf)


Prof. Dr. A Fishl

Memories of Prof. A Fishl, published originally in the Hebrew version of Mesto v nas, translated by Elisheva Mason.  We first published this articl in the synagogue newsletter in 2005.

Hadashot (pdf)


Deportations to Nisko

Article about the first ever mass deportation of Jews in the Second World War was from Ostrava to Nisko in October 1039.

resume-the_first_deportation_of_european_jews (pdf)


Book Launches – Invitations

Information about the book Ostrava and its Jews: ‘Now No-one sings You Lullabies’ , published in May 2018 by Vallentine Mitchell.

Invitations (pdf)

Book Jacket (pdf)


Czechoslovakia 100 Study Day

A 10- minute talk from a study day held at Cardiff University on 11th May 2018.

Czechoslovakia 100 Study Day 10 minute talk (pdf)


“The Museum of an Extinct Race” – Fact vs. Legend

A contribution by Magda Veselska to the topic of the so-called Jewish Councils in Central Europe. From Judaica Bohemiae LI-2.

The museum of an extinct race (pdf)


Book review

Martin Vogel – who is the son of Ostravak, Heinz Vogel – has written a review of Ostrava and its Jews: ‘Now No-one sings You Lullabies’. Observing that the focus on survivors’ stories gives the book an uplifting tone, he notes:

“While the book honours the memory of those who died, the sense of uplift is not inappropriate. It’s important also to honour those who managed not to become victims, who had the foresight and determination to engineer their own fate. And, as in Schindler’s List, the impact of their survival echoes through the subsequent generations. They went on to have families. And, thanks to the endeavours of David Lawson and his associates, they have formed a dispersed network of Ostrava Jews so their community is in a sense reconstituted.”

You can read the full review at Martin’s blog.


The Rosenzweig Family

A brief history of an Ostravak family, the Rosenzweigs, by Avi Rosen.

An Ostravak family, The Rosenzweigs (pdf)


Yehuda Bacon’s Diaries

An article about the artist, Yehuda Bacon, who was born in Ostrava and deported to Terezín aged 13. He was given lessons by renowned artists in the camp. His diaries are being published.

The diaries of Yehuda Bacon (pdf)


Leopold Eisner’s Story

Recollections by Leopold Eisner, who was head of the religious community at the time of the Nazi invasion.

Leopold Eisner: my activities and story from 1939 to 1966 (pdf)