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Alter Jüdische Friedhof / Old Jewish Cemetery

 
 
Old Jewish Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 23, 2019
1. Old Jewish Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  
1272

Älteste erhaltene jüdische Begräbnisstätte der Stadt Frankfurt am Main
Früheste nachweisbare Bestattungen

Oldest preserved Jewish burying place of the city of Frankfurt am Main
Earliest provable burials

1828

Letzte Grablege

Last sepulture

1938-1942

Weitgehende Zerstörung
Überwiegend barocke Grabsteine erhalten

Almost completely destroyed
Mainly Baroque gravestones preserved

1995

Neugestaltung der Umfassungsmauer zum Mahnmal

Enclosing wall redesigned to be a memorial
 
Erected by Frankfurt am Main Denkmalamt.
 
Location. 50° 6.755′ N, 8° 41.431′ E. Marker is in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, in Frankfurt. Memorial is on Battonnstraße just east of Klingerstrasse, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frankfurt am Main, Hessen 60311, Germany. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Börneplatz Synagogue (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dominikanerkloster / Dominican Monastery (about 210 meters away); Staufermauer (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Jewish Ghetto Gate (approx. 0.3 kilometers away);

Alter Jüdische Friedhof / Old Jewish Cemetery Marker - wide view, looking west along Battonstrasse image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 23, 2019
2. Alter Jüdische Friedhof / Old Jewish Cemetery Marker - wide view, looking west along Battonstrasse
The marker is mounted to the cemetery wall. Note that the wall is studded with individual blocks, with each block inscribed with the name of a Frankfurt holocaust victim, making the wall itself a memorial. (See next photo.)
Johann Wolfgang Textor (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Friedrich Stoltze Geburtshaus / Birthplace (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Tugendbrunnen / The Virtue Fountain (approx. half a kilometer away); Leinwandhaus - Linen House (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfurt am Main.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Old Jewish Cemetery (Jewish Sites in Frankfurt am Main). (Submitted on October 24, 2019.)
2. Old Jewish Cemetery On Battonnstrasse (Jewish Museum Frankfurt). (Submitted on October 24, 2019.)
 
Additional keywords. Holocaust
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionWar, World II
 
Closeup of memorial names image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 23, 2019
3. Closeup of memorial names
In addition to the person's name, their date of birth and death (if known), as well as place of death are displayed. Note that names of most of the places of death visible here in this photo are of Nazi concentration camps. Also note the presence of small rocks/pebbles on these name plaques - leaving these at a grave is considered a sign of respect and memorialization according to Jewish custom.
Interior of Old Jewish Cemetery (photo taken through cemetery gate) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 23, 2019
4. Interior of Old Jewish Cemetery (photo taken through cemetery gate)
"In 1942 the National Socialists demolished approximately 4666 gravestones and piled up the rubble for removal. Some of these stone heaps can still be seen today. 175 gravestones were removed, but not crushed.... In the 1950s the gravestones were returned to the cemetery, but because there was no information on their original location they could only be placed along the cemetery wall...." - Jewish Sites in Frankfurt am Main
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 24, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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