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HEILIGENSTADT i.Ofr: 91332 Bavaria, Upper Franconia (Gerz, Peters).

DISTRICT: Bamberg.


  • From Heiligenstadt (A) to (B) near the top of the wooded hill - follow directions to the Judenfriedhof. Detailed route instructions to cemetery and keys to gate from City Hall, Marktplatz 20, 91332 Heiligenstadt, tel: (09198) 92 99-0 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

IN USE: From around 1700 until 1895.

NUMBER OF GRAVESTONES: Only 91 old and very old gravestones remain.



  • Israel Schwierz: Steinerne Zeugnisse jüdischen Lebens in Bayern - refer to Sources below.
  • Michael Trüger: Der jüdische Friedhof in Heiligenstadt, publ. Der Landesverband der Israelitischen. Kultusgemeinden in Bayern. 14. Jahrgang Nr. 79 April 1999page 19.
  • Klaus Guth in cooperation with Eva Groiss-Lau und Ulrike Krzywinski: Juedische Landgemeinden in Oberfranken (1800-1942): ein historisch-topographisches Handbuch publ. 1988 by Bayerische Verlagsanstalt, Bamberg, 416 pages illus. (Heiligenstadt page 190).


  • The cemetery is surrounded by a low solid stone wall. It has a wrought-iron gate hung between two stone pillars. The cemetery is relatively dark because it is covered by an umbrella of deciduous trees. It is kept in excellent condition. It was acquired in 1943 by Berthold Schenk, Count von Stauffenberg. He was one of two brothers, who were both executed by the Nazis on 10 August 1944, following their well known unsuccessful attempt on Hitler's life.
  • Desecrations took place in 1921 and again in 1936, when 13 gravestones were uprooted..

SOURCE: Alemannia Judaica and Schwierz, pages 221-222 (Schwierz LBI).

(Researched and translated from German November 2009)

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