Re: Weissensee Cemetery #germany


Claus W. Hirsch <cwhirsch@...>
 

In response to a recent inquiry about Weissensee Cemetery in Berlin, I
point to an article that appeared in the June 2000 Issue No. 17 of
Stammbaum. In this short article, entitled "A Visit to Weissensee
Cemetery in Berlin," I noted that the condition of the cemetery had
improved considerably between my first visit in 1989 and my next visit
in 2000. There was no evidence of overgrowth in Europe's largest Jewish
cemetery, with over 100,000 graves, and the facility was being actively
tended by a cadre of caretakers. A few grave markers had been overturned
--apparently by troublemakers--but these were being fixed by stonemasons.

The cemetery records were then kept on index cards containing
the deceased's name and address, maiden name, profession (sometimes) and
dates of birth and death and burial. Neither the place of birth of the
deceased nor the names of survivors were given. The exact location of
the grave was cited and the information could be printed out from
records appearing on microfiche.

Claus Hirsch New York NY <cwhirsch@rcn.com>

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