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HARBURG(Schwaben): 86655 Bavaria, Swabia (Gerz, Peters).

DISTRICT: Donau-Ries.


IN USE: From  1671, extended in 1838, last funeral in 1938.




  • Israel Schwierz: Steinerne Zeugnisse jüdischen Lebens in Bayern - refer to Sources below.
  • Michael Trüger: Der jüdische Friedhof in Harburg, publ. Der Landesverband der Israelitischen. Kultusgemeinden in Bayern. 10. Jahrgang Nr. 68 December 1995 page 16 (Abstract).
  • Eberhard Kaendler and Gil Huettenmeister: Der juedische Friedhof Harburg publ. 2004 Christians Verlag, Kulturbehoerde/Denkmalschutzamt Hamburg, 311 pages (LBI).
  • Baruch Z. Ophir and Falk Wiesemann: Die juedischen Gemeinden in Bayern 1918-1945 : Geschichte und Zerstoerung publ. R. Oldenbourg, Munich 1979, 511 pages (LBI).
  • Reinhard Jakob: Die juedische Gemeinde von Harburg (1671-1871).publ.F. Steinmeier,Noerdlingen 1988, 248 pages, illus. (LBI).
  • Meir (Mario) Jacoby, Ruth Litai-Jacoby, Rolf Hofmann: Juedischer Friedhof Harburg, Schwaben , publ.Rolf Hofmann,Stuttgart 1996.(contains a selection of about 50 photographs of exceptionally well preserved gravestones, including translation of Hebrew inscriptions, with commentaries on family histories) (LBI).
  • See also here and here for information about and photos of the cemetery.


  • The history of the Harburg cemetery dates back to the 17th century. It was also used by the Jewish communities of Mönchsdeggingen and Ederheim.
  • The first cases of desecration were recorded in 1744 and 1800 when solders, passing though Harburg, used wooden gravestones as firewood. The cemetery was enclosed by a stone wall in 1745. Further desecrations took place in 1937, when 33 gravestones were uprooted and broken. The last instance of vandalism was reported in 1945, when a number of gravestones were removed. The mortuary has remained intact. The cemetery has a wrought-iron gate and is kept in very good order.

SOURCE: Alemannia Judaica and Schwierz, pages 259-260 (Schwierz LBI).

(Researched and translated from German October 2009)


UPDATE: [September 2013] Photos of the Jewish Cemetery are available here. (

Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 20:03
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