(Netherlands) Europe's Drought Results in Gravestones Visible that Were Hidden Previously #sephardic


Jan Meisels Allen
 

Europe is having a prolonged heatwave and drought this summer. As a result
it has exposed buried gravestones, and the historic Beth Haim Portuguese
(Sephardic) Jewish cemetery at Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, located near
Amsterdam is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Netherlands. The cemetery was
founded in 1614 and includes over 27,500 burials. The drought exposed stones
that had sunken over centuries which now have become visible.

For a searchable database of those who are buried there see:
http://www.dutchjewry.org/phpr/amsterdam/port_isr_gem_burials/amsterdam_port_isr_gem_burials_list.php
[or https://tinyurl.com/pxd38lg --Mod.]

To access the Cemetery site see: http://www.bethhaim.nl/english/
The site is also in Dutch.

To read an article on this drought make the gravestones appear go to:
http://jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2018/08/15/netherlands-drought-makes-hidden-gravestones-visible-at-ouderkerk/
[or https://tinyurl.com/yctz3oto --Mod.]

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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