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SCHWANAU (Allmannsweier, Nonnenweier, Ottenheim and Wittenweier): Ortenau district PDF Print E-mail

Coat of arms of Schwanau. Schwanau is a town in the district of Ortenau formed in 1971/1972 with the merger of the villages of Allmannsweier, Nonnenweier, Ottenheim and Wittenweier. 48°21' N 7°46' E, 379.4 miles SW of Berlin. Nonnenweier Jewish history. Website of Schwanau

Jewish dead were buried in Schmieheim until 1880 when they purchased a piece of land "on the Rebgarten" (parcel 3739, land 9.33 a) to create their own cemetery. Desecration of the cemetery occurred in 1921.

Website of the Central Archives Heidelberg Information to the Jewish cemetery Nonnenweier

Photos of the Jewish cemetery in Nonnenweier also in the website of Stefan Haas:


77963 Baden-Württemberg (Gerz, Peters).

DISTRICT: Ortenaukreis.

LOCATION OF CEMETERY: Nonnenweier, Auf dem Rebgarten (Detail).

IN USE: From 1880 until 1950.



  • 1987 photographs of all gravestones with mapping of graves by Zentralarchiv.
  • 1991 cemetery ground documentation including above photographs by the Office for Historic Monuments (Landesdenkmalamt, ed. Barbara Döpp and Monika Preuß).
  • 1995 photographs of all gravestones by Ladenburg.
  • Numerous photographs of individual gravestones and general cemetery views in Alemannia Judaica.



  • Up to 1880 the cemetery in Schmieheim was used for burials by the Nonnenweier Jewish community (Hundsnurscher/Taddey1968, page215).
  • An article dated 27 October 1921 in the Jewish newspaper Der Israelit reported that local Jewish properties had been damaged of late, including the cemetery, where numerous gravestones were toppled, damaged or completely destroyed.

SOURCE: University of Heidelberg and Alemannia Judaica.

(Researched and translated from German March 2009).

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