Souèasná fotka Petra Webera

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  • Photo taken in:
    Brno
    Year when photo was taken:
    2005
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czech Republic
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Zuzana Strouhova

This is a photograph of me Petr Weber, at the Jewish community in Brno in 2005.

Another fundamental change that the revolution brought, this time as far as being Jewish is concerned, was that I was pulled into being a functionary and later also elected president of the community in Brno. I myself would never have thought, not even in my wildest dreams, that something like that could happen. I was of course always in contact with the Brno Jewish community here, but as a regular member, more on the passive side. Well, and back then the head cantor, still alive at the time, the recently deceased Mr. Arnost Neufeld, approached new, until then "unused" functionary cadres, and so invited me to do this work. At the complete beginning I began helping during last farewells for our members, ritual cleansing [the tahara ceremony, which is by the way one of the most honorable "mitzvot", obligations in Jewish society - Editor's note], funeral oration, and similar things. Thus I slowly "sunk in my claws" and in the end I ended up with everything.

I commenced this type of public service in 1996, and do it to this day. I didn't run directly for the post of president, according to our rules a body is elected, that means a group of functionaries called the presidium, and then it picks a president from among itself. I ran for the presidium voluntarily, and more than anything else let myself be talked into the function, there wasn't and isn't any excess of candidates, which is too bad. How did they convince me? I don't know. Objectively, though considerably immodestly put - I was probably the most suitable from the existing "portfolio". So I agreed, with a heavy heart, but agreed.

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Petr Weber
Interviewer:
Zuzana Strouhova
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Brno, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Petr Weber
Year of birth:
1942
City of birth:
Bochnia
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Died:
after WW II

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