Shay Meyer <smeyer@...>
I have just returned >from a trip to Berlin with my wife. We visited
the grave of my wife's grandmother at Weissensee cemetery. I want to
share what I learned in the hope that this will save others time and trouble.
Before your visit, request information on the location of the grave >from the
We received a comprehensive reply in a little more than two weeks.
They provide the block number where the grave is situated, the row number
and the grave number.
The block number consists of a letter and a Roman numeral. In German, the
letter is called Feld (field) and the numeral is called Abteilung (division).
The row number is called Reihe.
Note that the blocks are not laid out in sequence, so the cemetery office
provides a map that shows where to find the block that interests you. There
are signs with the letter and Roman numeral at the corner of each block.
The cemetery office also provides a map that shows the graves within the
block, by number.
Finding the grave within the block is not so easy. Only row 5 has a sign.
You need to find the row that interests you by counting >from there.
The grave numbers do not follow a sequence within the row, or within the
block so you will need the map of grave numbers.
The head-stone at the grave was placed by the family. You might find a
large stone with clear markings on it.
Some, but not all, have the grave number on them. In our case there was
only a very small stone and it was completely covered with ivy.
We needed the map to help us find it. We found a nearby headstone with a
number, then located the number on the map. Then we counted graves from
the one we had identified. Finally, the stone itself was covered with moss.
We could read the inscription on the stone only after we had scraped off the moss.
One more item: Berlin has an excellent network of public transportation.
The closest ride to Weissensee is the M4 or the M13 tram.
Get off in Berliner Allee at the stop marked Albertiner street.
Walk half a block to Herbert-Baum street then three blocks along Hebert Baum
to the entrance of the cemetery.
Hope that someone finds this useful.
Shay Meyer, Rehovot, Israel. email@example.com