Eisenstadt Austria Using QR Codes to Provide Information on Jewish Gravestones

Jan Meisels Allen


QR codes attached to weathered gravestones in the Older Jewish cemetery in Eisenstadt


Eisentadt, Austria is adding QR codes to each metzevah (gravestone) in the cities’ two Jewish cemeteries. This enables anyone with a cellphone to connect with an online database providing the translation of the epitaph and other information about each stone.


The older of the two Jewish cemeteries has 1,085 gravestones dating back from the 1th century. The “younger” cemetery was laid out in 1875 and has 300 gravestones.

This is the work of Johannes Reiss, the director of the Austrian Jewish Museum in Eisenstadt.


Mr. Reiss gave a presentation on this at the 2019 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.. The lecture  is now posted at: https://www.ojm.at/blog/help-i-do-not-speak-hebrew/


To read more see: https://www.ojm.at/blog/help-i-do-not-speak-hebrew/



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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