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Czech Jewish historian and his wife found murdered in their home

By Mason White 5:23 PM March 10, 2014
Jiri Fiedler 

By: Devansh Dutt
A popular Jewish historian in the Czech Republic, was found dead in his home, police said.

Police in Prague said that they are investigating the murders of Jiri Fiedler, 78, and his 83-year-old wife Dagmar.

Both were found dead in their home on Brdickova street in the 13th district of Prague by their son.

Fiedler, the former research director of the Jewish Museum of Prague, has contributed to the documentation of the history of the Czech Jewish community after the Second World War, at a time when it was politically inconvenient to do so under the communist regime.

So far, no arrests have been made.

“Jiri Fiedler was employed at the Jewish Museum in Prague until the end of 2012, but he continued to work closely with the museum on an external basis. His sudden death has come as a painful shock to all of the museum’s staff who knew Jiri Fiedler as a helpful colleague and a wonderful person,” the museum said in a statement.