Jüdischer Friedhof Essingen


Jüdischer Friedhof Essingen

Jüdischer Friedhof Essingen
76879 Essingen



If you would like to visit the Jewish cemetery in Essingen, you will find it in Gartenstraße, just outside the community in the direction of Hochstadt. While the Jewish community of Essingen was first mentioned in a document in 1548, the cemetery was established in 1618, as can be read on the doorpost. For many centuries, it served as an association cemetery for almost 30 communities from the Palatinate. With more than 1600 gravestones, this cemetery is the largest Jewish cemetery in the Palatinate in terms of area.

In 1869, a new cemetery was opened opposite. There are still 265 graves in it today. The last burial took place in 1939. The old grave inscriptions are generally written in Hebrew characters. Many of these old gravestones display wonderful ornamentation. The symbols often contain references to the names or professions of the people buried there.

Excerpts from "Interesting facts about Jewish cemeteries using the example of Essingen near Landau" - Eberhard Dittus

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