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Alternate name: Wien in German. Stadtemple (City Temple) and Jewish Museum are located at 4 Seittenstettengasse, Tel. 36-16-55 (14). Mr. Pagler, the non-Jewish man who voluntarily looks after the Jewish cemeteries in Vienna, says that about 250,000 Jewish burials are computerized in a database established with the assistance of the Economic University. The database belongs to the Jewish community and is only available for private persons who are looking for their ancestors. All the burials in Vienna Zentralfriedhof (Gate 1 and 4) are in this database. For information, write to the Vienna Kultusgemeinde Matrikelamt or Direktion. A donation is appreciated. [See Shalom Association in "THE JEWISH COMMUNITY" above.]

Rossau Cemetery aka 9 Seegasse Cemetery: Site of the medieval Jewish community and the oldest Jewish cemetery extant in Austria. The oldest tombstone dates from 1450. The cemetery closed in 1783.

INACTIVE: 9th district, Seegasse 9; in use from the late 16th c. until 1783. Access is through the entrance of the Municipal Old Age Home open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ask the porter for the key. Access is by a pass obtained before you go there from the 4th floor of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien, Seitenstettengasse 4, A-1010 Wien, Austria. The person to see for the permit is Mr. Schmid Mon.-Thurs. from 8 am to 12:45 and in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 and on Fridays from 8 to 2. This cemetery may date from the fifteenth century and is the oldest surviving Jewish burial ground in Austria. Source: World Guide for the Jewish Traveler by Warren Freedman, E.P. Dutton Inc, NY 1984.

News story that may refer to this cemetery tells story of buried tombstones. [July 2013]

Dobling Cemetery:ACTIVE: 19th district, 65 Hartackerstrasse. The original place of burial of Theodore Herzl and his parents before they were reinterred in Israel. Information from the 4th floor of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien, Seitenstettengasse 4, A-1010 Wien, Austria. Mon.-Thurs. from 8 am to 12:45 and in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 and on Fridays from 8 to 2. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it says that the cemetery is open every day of the week without need to call in advance.. [June 2013]

Floridsdorf Cemetery: INACTIVE: At least partially computerized, but check with Herr Pagler at the Zentralfriedhof about the details. Herr Pagler does not issue a pass to these other cemeteries. Access is by a pass obtained before you go there from the 4th floor of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien, Seitenstettengasse 4, A-1010 Wien, Austria. The person to see for the permit is Mr. Schmid. Mon.-Thurs. from 8 am to 12:45 and in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 and on Fridays from 8 to 2. Address: 21st district, Ruthnergasse 28.

Jewish cemetery in Vienna suburb of Floridsdorf with graves from 1880-1938. 1,395 burials in JOWBR burial list. [July 2009]

Waehring (Währing) INACTIVE: 18th district, Semperstraße 64A/Schrottenberggasse. Old Jewish cemetery in Vienna suburb of Wahring with graves from 1780-1880. 8,589 burials on JOWBR. [July 2009]

At least partially computerized, but check with Herr Pagler at the Zentralfriedhof about the details. Herr Pagler does not issue a pass to these other cemeteries. Access is by a pass obtained before you go there from the 4th floor of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien, Seitenstettengasse 4, A-1010 Wien, Austria. The person to see for the permit is Mr. Schmid Mon.-Thurs. from 8 am to 12:45 and in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 and on Fridays from 8 to 2. 21st district, Ruthnergasse 28. The main burial ground from 1785-1878. Partially computerized. Access is by a pass obtained before you go there from the 4th floor of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien, Seitenstettengasse 4, A-1010 Wien, Austria. The person to see for the permit is Mr. Schmid Mon.-Thurs. from 8 am to 12:45 and in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 and on Fridays from 8 to 2. Book - History of Jews In Vienna by Max Grunwald; JPS 1936 This information extracted from Appendix M (pg. 504) entitled "The Generation of the Wahring Cemetery." The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1936. German. The translation into English was made by Dr. Solomon Grayzel." At U. Florida and Smathers, Judaica # DS135.A92 V53 Library west # 296.094361 G891v. The author notes "from a previous generation there are represented, in the Wahring cemetery, those beginning with "David Wertheim" and the listees that follow. Blank information is because of lack of same not being supplied. Grabschriften des juedischen Friedhofes im 18 Wiener Gemeindebezirk (Waehring) aus den Jahren 1784-1799/ Wien: 1934. von Grunwald, Max, 1871-1953; 362-405 p. 24 cm. Offprint of Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte der Juden in Deutsch-Oesterreich, v. 11. Includes bibliographical references. ID # PN 6297 H4 G7 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY]

  • "I recently came across an article in the Austrian/Jewish journal DAVID entitled "Maehrische Juden in Wien 1784 - 1874" (Moravian Jews in Vienna 1784 - 1874) by Tina Walzer. It appears that the Institute for the History of the Jews in Austria under the leadership of Ms. Walzer is in the process of publishing later this year a major research project on CD-ROM. It is based on about 9000 burials in the Waehringer cemetery in Vienna, which was in use from 1784 to the 1880s.

    Das Graeberbuch (grave book) of the Waehringer cemetery which lists 8634 burials, supplies the following information: First and family name, family status, place of origin (not necessarily place of birth), date of birth, place and date of death. This treasure was found in Jerusalem at the Archive for the History of the Jewish People. It was among the records that the Jewish community of Vienna had transferred during the 1950s to this archive and used the following:

    Das Grabsteininschriftenverzeichnis (Register of grave inscriptions)
    • Die Geburten und Sterbebuecher (birth and death records) of the Vienna Jewish community (after 1826).

      Die Totenbeschauprotokolle (official death protocols) of the Vienna city administration (before 1847)
    • Die Familienlisten (family lists) of the Vienna police directorate (before 1847)

      As part of this undertaking a photographic record of about 2500 existing graves is being prepared in Vienna by Mr.Wolf Erich Eckstein ( a participant of AustriaCzech) and in Jerusalem Mr. Wolfgang Gasser is working on a family history database.The article in DAVID shows that of the 8634 persons buried in this cemetery, 1382 came from Moravia, with some of the following numbers from the larger communities:

Nikolsburg (Mikulov): 521

Trebitsch (Trebic): 98

Prossnitz (Prostejov): 78

Leipnik (Lipnik nad Becvou): 48

Boskowitz (Boskovice): 40

Misslitz (Miroslav): 34

Bruenn (Brno): 30

For this and other information on the Institute for the history of Austrian Jewry visit their website at: http://members.nextra.at/injoest

On the English version of this website, go to Projects and then to Social History of Vienna. In collaboration with Dr. Shlomo Spitzer and the Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv the gravestone inscriptions at this cemetery will be translated and their religious significance assessed." Source: Henry Wellisch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wertheimgasse Cemetery from the 17th century.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wiener Zentralfriedhof Cemetery at 234 Simmeringer Hauptstrasse, TOR 1: Current active cemetery. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Vienna;Zentralfriedhof (central cemetery):

Contact: Herr Walter Pagler, Verein zur Wiederherstellung und Erhaltung der jud. Friedhofe in Wien, 1110 Wien, Zentralfriedhof 1. Tor AUSTRIA; Telephone and fax 43-1-767-1507 mornings, usually from 6.30 a.m. Source: Peter Lurie; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This cemetery, the largest Jewish burial ground in Vienna, is the only one still active and has computerized records. The Jewish section is divided into two parts, Gate 1 and Gate 4. Gate 1 is the older section and contains burials dating from at least 1881. Gate 4 has burials from 1928 on. [At gate No. 4 is also an official of the Kultusgemeinde (Jewish Community). Currently, damage from 2nd World War in this cemetery is being repaired. September 2000] Gate 1 is at 232 Simmeringer Hauptstrasse in the 11th district. The cemetery is open Sundays through Thursdays from 7 AM to 5 PM and Friday from 7 to 3. Enter through Gate 1 first to find Walter Pagler's office as head of Verein Schalom. Monday to Friday from 7 to 11 am. He has the computerized listing of the burials in the Zentralfriedhof for both Gates 1 and Gate 4. Gate 4 has only the index cards of the burials. Mr. Pagler can run off a printout of everyone with the same surname, providing it is within reason. Verein Schlaom is involved in the restoration of 51 Jewish cemeteries all over Austria, most in Lower Austria, but also in the Burgenland, Styria and Carinthia. In 1999, Verein Schalom published a guidecalled Wegweiser (in German) for visitors to Jewish cemeteries in Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria and Carinthia. This guide provides a one-page description of each cemetery, a map, and directions from Vienna. Wegweiser is available from the Kultusgemeinde in Vienna or from Mr. Pagler. Source: Henry Wellisch This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [September 2000]

79,833 burials from 1880-1938. JOWBR burial list. [July 2009]

Book: Hunderttausend Steine: Grabstellen grosser Oesterreicher juedischer Konfession auf dem Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Tor 1 /und Tor 4/ [von] Patricia Steines; mit einem Textbeitrag von Karl Albrecht Weinberger. [Wien] Falter Verlag, [1993] 364 p. illus. (part col.) facsims., ports., tables. 21 cm. Bibliography: p. 347-362. ID # GT 3247 V5 S8 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY] Hunderttausend Steine, 1978, exhibition catalog, 8/11/1995, STEINES Patricia, 1993, 364p. German, 3-85439-093-9 source: contact Daniel Dratwa e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The books are among the collection at the Jewish Museum of Belgium.

Wiener Zentralfriedhof Cemetery at 244 Simmeringer Hauptstrasse, TOR 4: Current active cemetery. Source: Georg Gaugusch, Vienna; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it · Zentralfriedhof (central cemetery): New Jewish cemetery in Vienna with graves from 1918-present. 58,804 burials. JOWBR burial list. [July 2009]

REFERENCES:

  • Several books in the library at Jerusalem are listed in: Tragger, Mathilde. Printed Books on Jewish Cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an annotated bibliography. Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997.

  • Inschriften des alten juedische Friedhofes in Wien; Beitrag zur alterthumskunde Oesterreichs von Ludwig August Frankl (1810-1894). Wien: n. p. 1853. 124, xxii p. microfilm; 16 mm. Imperfect; pages 8-9, 67-68, 98-99 and xvi-xvii lacking. Freimann, p. 196 (imprint date 1855) ID # x MfW W306 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY]
  • Rundbemerkungen zu meinen Inschriften des alten Judenfriedhofes in Wien; Wachstein, Bernhard, 1868-1935. Wien 1912 und 1917. Wien (Viktoria) 1934. Other titles: Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte der Juden in Deutsch-Osterreich . CN915.V5 W321
  • Inscriptions of the old Jewish cemetery in Vienna) by B. Wachstein. Vienna, 1912 and 1917. Bd. 11, pages 5-122, 1934. S32V1652, BD. 11 Notes: Remarks arranged according to the chapters of the original book, family names index, places index, including genealogies of Theomin, Keisler-Reik, Katzenellenbogen, Goetzel.
  • Zur Geschichte der Juden in Wien von Ludwig August Frankl (1810-1894). Der alte Freithof. Der Tempelhof. Wien: J. P. Sollinger's Witwe, 1853. viii, 78 p. 19 cm. Freiman, p. 290. ID # DS 135 A92 V5 F66 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY]
  • Der alte Friedhof im ix Bezirke aus dem 16 Jahrhundert hrsg. von Conrad Grefe. Wien: Selbstverlag des Verfassers, 1891. 11 p. 23 cm. and portfolio (6 mounted plates) 27x33 cm. (His Beitraege zur Geschichte der Israeliten in Wien, 1) On cover: Der alte israelitische Friedhof in Wien aus dem 16 Jahrhundert. ID # f GT 3247 V5 G7 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY]
  • Juedische Friedhoefe in Wien, Niederoesterreich und Burgenland: Mahnmale [Von] Paricia Steines, Klaus Lohrmann [und] Elke Forisch. [Wien] Club Niederoesterreich, [1992] 148 p. col. illus. also at: contact Daniel Dratwa e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The books are among the collection at the Jewish Museum of Belgium. 20x20 cm. Contributions by Paul Chaim Eisenberg and others.. Bibliography: p, 144-146. ID # GT 3247 V5 S83 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY]
  • Nachtraege zu den 10 bisher erschienenen Baenden der Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte der Juden in Oesterreich von Arthur Goldmann, Bernhard Wachstein, J. Taglicht [und] Max Grunwald. Wien: 1936. 405 p. 25 cm. (Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte der Juden in [Deutsch-] Oesterreich, Bd. 11) Added t. p. reads: Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte der Juden in Oesterreich; hrsg. von der Historischen Kommission der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde in Wien,. Includes bibliographies. Contents.- Das verschollene Wiener Judenbuch (1372-1420), von A. Goldmann.- Randbemerkungen zu meinen Inschriften des Alten Judenfriedhofes in Wien, von B. Wachstein.- Nachlaesse der Wiener Juden, 2 Teil, 1786-1848, von J. Taglicht.- Der Anteil der Wiener Juden an Handel und Industrie nach den Potokollen des Wiener Merkantil- und Wechselgerichtes, von B. Wachstein.- Grabschriften des juedischen Friedhofes im 18 Wiener Gemeindebezirk (Waehring) aus den Jahren 1784-1799, ID # DS 135 A92 V5 V55 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY] The book with further information below is also listed in the book.
  • (Grave inscriptions from the Jewish cemetery of Vienna situated in its 18th district (Waehrig) for the years 1784-1799) by M.Gruenwald. Vienna, 1934. Pages 363-405, German. 37B26. Notes: 63 tombstones, chronological index, general index including personal names.
  • Der neue israelitische Friedhof in Wien und seine Bauten Denkschrift hrsg. von der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde Wien. Wien: 1928. 34 p. illus., fold. plan. 27 cm. ID # GT 3247 V5 N48 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY]
  • Hebraeische Grabsteine aus dem XIII-XV Jahrhundert in Wien und Umgebung; Vorgelegt in der Sitzung am 1 Dez. 1915 von Wachstein, Bernhard, 1868-1935Wien: A. Hoelder, 1916. 22 p. illus., plates. 25 cm. (Kais. Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien; philosophisch- historische Klasse. Sitzungsberichte, 181 Bd., 1 Abh.) Freimann, p.196. ID # PN 6297 H4 W285 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY] also at the Hebrew College Library in Brookline, MA
  • Die Inschriften des alten Judenfriedhofes in Wien; im Auftrage der historischen Kommission der israelitischen Kultusgemeinde in Wien von Wachstein, Bernhard, 1868-1935/ Wien: W. Braumueller, 1912-17. 2 v. illus., geneal. tables, fold. plan, plates, 28 cm. (Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte der Juden in Deutsch- Oesterreich, Bd. 4) Freimann, p. 196. Includes bibliogprahies. Contents. - v. 1. 1540(?)-1670 - v. 2. 1696-1783. ID # q PN 6297 H4 W3 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY]
  • Die juedischen Friedhoefe und die "Chewra Kadischa" (fromme Bruderschaft) in Wien von Gerson Wolf. Veroeffentlicht vom Vorstande der "Chewra Kadischa" in Wien. Wien: A. Hoelder, 1879. iv, 52 p. 23 cm. Freimann, p. 291. ID # GT 3247 V5 W65 [ http://www.lbi.org/ ., NY] ü Weiner hebraeische Epitaphien (Hebrew Epitaphs in Vienna) Dr. Berhard Wachstein. Wein, 1907. 33 p. in German and Hebrew in the Hebrew College Library in Brookline, MA 1907. 33 pages, illustrated, German. Pv181, 156, IV. Notes: 13 tombstones, 1651-1746, Rossauer cemetery, language analysis, biographical notes.
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