This solemn yet joyous documentary tells the story of The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, the site of layer upon layer of buried members of the once-vibrant Jewish community. Almost a million people from all over the world now visit the cemetery each year, and House of Life chronicles its history, which is rich in lore, mysticism, tradition and philosophy.
Tales of great rabbis and philanthropists and the story of the giant golem, created from clay to protect the Jewish people, are narrated by Claire Bloom. The 12,000 stones may be covering as many as 100,000 members of Prague's historic Jewish community. Under the German occupation in World War II, the cemetery was the only place where Jewish children were allowed to play. Later, under the communists, lovers met there for trysts. The cemetery--and film-- serve as a powerful reminder of the indomitable spirit of a people compelled to honor their past and preserve the lessons of history.
This poignant evocation moves the viewer to appreciate a very special memory - that of ancient stones. --Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Author of NIGHT
Solemn yet joyous...a reminder of the indomitable spirit of a people compelled to honor their past and preserve the lessons of history. --Michael Schenkler, Queens Press