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In the Jewish cemetery in Ichenhausen the approximate 1,100 gravestones were filmed and documented by Ruth and Aharon Bruck. [August 2013]

ICHENHAUSEN: 89335 Bavaria, Swabia (Gerz, Peters).

DISTRICT: Günzburg (Guenzburg).



  • From 1568 until 1942 for the last Jew from Ichenhausen. 18 Hungarian Jews were buried here in March 1945 having perished in the Burgau forced labour camp; another 3 Jews from a nearby displaced persons camp found their last resting place here in 1946.


  • Approximately 1,000 gravestones remain today from a total of about 7,000 to 8,000 graves.




  • Desecration occurred in May 1929, when some wooden fencing surrounding the cemetery was torn away and 10 gravestones were uprooted. The November pogroms in 1938 left hundreds of gravestones uprooted with many having been broken.

  • This partially walled cemetery with two gates is maintained in exemplary condition. During its long history it was extended several times. It is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Bavaria.

SOURCE: Alemannia Judaica and Schwierz, page 261-264 (Schwierz LBI).


(Researched and translated from German December 2009)


The cem. was not founded in 1568, but most probably about 1620, when the cemetery in nearby Burgau was given up.
There are more than 1000 gravestones; but the total number of the graves is uncertain.
In 2007/2008 the Hebrew inscriptions were deciphered by an Israeli couple under my supervision.
All tombstones were photographed.
The deciphering of the German inscriptions goes on.
Scientific research is in progress, and a publication shall follow.
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