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Niederosterreich (Lower Austria). Mistelbach an der Zaya. The town of Poysdorf, about 50 km north of the city of Vienna on a direct road to the Czechoslovakian border. Commonly called the Bruennerstrasse, this road led to Bruenn (now known as Brno). Poysdorf is a small town in the flat region of the Nieder Oesterreich (Lower Austria) province, a short distance from the Czech border. With a modest Jewish community, Poysdork used the nearest cemetery in the little town of Mistelbach a.d. Zaya, located a few kilometers west of Poysdorf at Waldstrasse 104 . [September 2003]

CEMETERY: The cemetery apparently was untouched during the years of the Nazi reign. Located at Waldstrasse 104 on the outskirts of the town, the site is kept in reasonable condition by the Vienna Jewish Community Organization (Israelitisches Kultusgemeinde Wien). However, on the last occasion I visited it, the grass and trees were rather overgrown. There apparently was some dispute between the Jewish organization and a local contractor, who was supposed to keep it in good shape. The cemetery is not large. A stone wall in good condition surrounds it. Entry to the cemetery is via a locked gate at the rear of a private house. The keyholder was last known to be resident at Waldstrasse 105, opposite the gate.. I first visited the cemetery in the 1960's and unaware of its significance. About two hundred graves exist. I do not know the cemetery's age. There are a large burial of the surname Eisinger.  The cemetery is divided into two halves by a large path running up the middle from the entrance all the way through the the back crossed by a lesser path.  To the right and the left before the crossing are children's graves. Beyond the intersection, and to the left is a roughly square region with densely packed, fairly regular rows. To the right two large bushes partially obscure the view of the plots. Some graves on this side are missing their gravestones. The names were originally collected by Franz and Magdalena Mullner from about 1996-7;and have been transcribed and donated by Robert Fraser." Source: Robert Fraser; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 2 Hull Street, Dianella, WA 6059, Australia; Ph/fax ++ 61 9 275 5682 [September 2003]

RESTORATION: Cemetery was destroyed in post-war Eastern Europe. Postal address of cemetery: Waldstrasse 104, Mistelbach, on the outskirts of the town. Person to contact about grave locations: Franz Mullner (Father of Magdalena) (Non -Jewish) who has taken over de facto supervision of cemetery and whose family has done much restoration work on site. Will meet interested visitors. email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Cemetery burials are indexed and computerized. Jewish community in town dates probably from the 1880's. Most towns in the area used Mistelbach cemetery, including Poysdorf and Laa. The last known Jewish burial in the inactive Orthodox cemetery was 1936. The isolated suburban hillside is part of a municipal cemetery. The cemetery is reached by crossing private property. A continuous masonry wall with a locking gate surrounds the cemetery. The oldest known gravestone dates from 1889. The 19th and 20th century marble and granite finely smoothed and inscribed stones have Hebrew inscriptions. The cemetery contains special memorial monuments to Jewish soldiers. The cemetery property is now used for Jewish cemetery purposes only. Rarely, private visitors stop. Past maintenance includes re-erecting, patching, and cleaning stones as well as clearing vegetation. Current care is occasional clearing or cleaning by individuals. No structures. No threats.Robert and Gina Fraser, Dianella WA 6059, Australia, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , completed the survey on September 14, 2003. The cemetery was apparently untouched during the Holocaust. The site is kept in reasonable condition. Grass and trees were rather overgrown but are now in good condition. A stonewall in good condition surrounds it. Entered through the side gate and back yard of a private house, it is kept locked. The householder (who does not speak English) of the house opposite the entrance, No 105, used to hold the key. There may be an additional key holder: Franz Mullner. About two hundred graves exist. The site has been "adopted" by Magdalena Mullner, her Father, and family, who have performed much restoration work (see website for more information) I think, but am not sure, that they are now the key holders. a website with a map and burial listings. [September 2003]

JOWBR has 133 burial listings. ""Entry to the cemetery is via a locked gate at the rear of a private house. The keyholder was last known to be resident at Waldstrasse 105, opposite the gate.The cemetery is surrounded by a stone wall, which is in good condition.The cemetery is divided into two halves by a large path running up the middle from the entrance all the way through the the back. Two thirds of the way up the main path, a lesser path crosses it. To the right and the left before the crossing are children's graves. Beyond the intersection, and to the left is a roughly square region with densely packed, fairly regular rows. To the right are two large bushes which partially obscure view of the plots. Some graves on this side are also missing their stones. The referencing system is fairly self-explanatory. ""RO"" and ""LO"" refer, to right and left. So eg 4R2, refers to the second stone to the right of the path in the fourth row. A designation without a row prefix (such as RO5) refers to a stone that is not in a row, but rather along the right (or in the case of L2, left) side of the cemetery. The names were originally collected by Franz and Magdalena Mullner from about 1996-7;and have been transcribed and donated by Robert Fraser." [July 2010]

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