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GEROLZHOFEN: 97447 Bavaria, Lower Franconia (Gerz, Peters).

DISTRICT: Schweinfurt.

LOCATION OF CEMETERY:

  • Exit Gerolzhofen motorway junction (A), marked Michelau/Steigerwald, follow signpost Judenfriedhof (B)

IN USE: From 1639 until 1942.

NUMBER OF GRAVESTONES: No specific numbers available.

DOCUMENTATION:

PUBLICATIONS:

NOTES:

  • The large Gerolzhofen cemetery was a district burial ground at one time and used by the Jewish communities of Altenschönbach, Brünnau, Frankenwinheim, Lülsfeld, Traustadt, Obereuerheim, Gochsheim, Prichsenstadt and Zeilitzheim, as well as by some individual families from Westheim, Schwebheim, Schweinfurt, Kitzingen and Kirchschönbach. For this reason the cemetery had to be enlarged several times.
  • A two-story mortuary was built in 1832 and restored in 1924. The cemetery, with two metal double gates, now padlocked, is enclosed by a solid stonewall and barbed wire.
  • Substantial damage was caused by repeated desecration, in 1927, 1936, 1938, 1945 and again in 1999, when the mortuary and cemetery walls were besmirched with Nazi symbols including the swastika.
  • The cemetery is well maintained. Conducted visits to the cemetery can be arranged by the City Hall, Marktplatz 20, 97447 Gerolzhofen Tel.: 09382/903512 Fax: 09382/903513 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SOURCE: Alemannia Judaica and Schwierz, page 62-64 (Schwierz LBI).

(Researched and translated from German October 2009)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 19:52
 
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