You are here: Home Germany -- GERMANY - GENERAL INFORMATION Germany Regional Information
Germany Regional Information PDF Print E-mail


GERMAN MATERIALS maintained and updated by H Peter Sinclair z"l, Fritz Neubauer, Eva Radding, Jason Hallgarten and Peter Strauss; (originally assembled by Arline Sachs and proof-read/edited by Carol Levy Monahan) for the IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project. A large number of the cemetery websites were found and contributed by Naomi Teveth.  Please send any content comments to the coordinator, and any technical comments to the webmaster.

"Nearly 2,000 Jewish cemeteries exist today in the Federal Republic of Germany. The total number of Jewish gravestones have been estimated at 600,000. Destruction, willful and by the elements, endanger these tombstones. A major task of the Central Archives in the first years of its existence was the preservation of the inscriptions by an extensive photo-documentary. Photographs of about 54,000 Jewish tombstones in Baden-Württemberg are now in possession of the Central Archives. In addition, the Central Archives stores photographs of more than 5,000 Jewish gravestones of Lower Saxony. Information on other documentation-projects of Jewish gravestone inscriptions is collected systematically." Source: Central Archives for Research on the History of the Jews in Germany

BOOK: Haus des Lebens; Juedische Friedhoefe / [von] Herbert Liedel [und] Helmut Dollhopf. Wuerzburg: Stuerz, 1985. 200 p. col. illus. 31 cm. The 108 color illustrations are photographs by H. Liedel and H. Dollhopf; Ernst M. Stein, Juergen Franzke and Hermann Glaser wrote the accompanying texts. Bibliography: p. 200. ID# q GT 3242 L5 [Leo Baeck Institute]

BOOK: Haus des Lebens - Juedische Friedhoefe in Deutschland by Michael Brocke and Christiane Mueller, published by Reclam Verlag, Leipzig in 2001 listing approximately 2000 cemeteries of which more than 100 with detailed histories, photographs. ISBN 3-379-00999-3 - 264 pages.

ONLINE LINK:  Spurensuche - Jüdische Friedhöfe in Deutschland publ. Univerität Ulm, Zentrum für allgemaine wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung

A good site for obtaining information about towns in Germany is From the main site just follow the links by choosing the appropriate state that the town or city is in. If you know the name of the town or city and that name is unique you can go directly to that town's listing by using the following format for the URL: OF THE TOWN) (eg. for the city of Worms) The site is in German. [thanks to a GerSIG post by Rich Isaak July 2001]


In his Site "Alemmania Judaica" , Dr.Joachim Hahn, Obermayer German History Award winner (Ploechingen- near Stuttgart) presents an excellent list with links to all Jewish Cemeteries in Baden-Wuerttemberg, an important source for researching in that area. Source: GerSIG posting May 2003.

Data is on the web at The data from that site is incorporated into this project. Some cemeteries are indexed. Also see general section - Central Archive for Research on the History of Jews in Germany. An organization is researching and improving Jewish cemeteries in the Baden Wuertemberg area of Germany. The address was in the Aufbau as Landeszentrale fuer Politische Bildung Baden Wuerttemberg, Gedenkstaettenarbeit, Att. Konrad Pflug, Sophienstrasse 28-30, 70178 Stuttgart, Germany. Source: Philipp Goldmann; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
"Our archives took the photos of the gravestones in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Then came the "Landesdenkmalamt", established with the help of our photo documentation. We have paper-copies of all these documentations. They include names of all the people buried in each cemetery. Until now we have on our web site only a bibliography of the existing documentation. That's what you saw. One year ago I proposed to the Landesdenkmalamt to publish the lists of names of all the cemeteries (where documentation exists) on our web site. But they did not give us permission to do this. They want to do it by themselves. But they are not so quick. We could do it immediately, but we have not the right. You can write to them. May be it would be helpful. One year I told them, that people in America are waiting for the data." [date?] Please write to Landesdenkmalamt Baden-Wuerttemberg, Prof. Dr .D. Planck, Postfach 10 29 37, 70025 Stuttgart. Source: Dr. Peter Honigmann, Zentralarchiv zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland, - Archiv in der Traegerschaft des Zentralrates der Juden in Deutschland -, Bienenstr. 5, D-69117 Heidelberg, GERMANY, Telefon: +49 (0) 6221 164141 Telefax: +49 (0) 6221 181049 E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Homepage:
  • Erinnerungen und Zeugnisse Juedischer Geschichte in Baden - Wuerttemberg by Joachim Hahn; Stuttgart: Theiss, 1988. Detailed list by town and village of whatever traces remain of Jewish life in Baden-Wuertt. Refers to all known cemeteries, gives location and describes condition; no list of names. (DS135.G4 B1934 1988) Source: George Arnstein, 2510 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All cemeteries listed by Dr. Hahn will be entered alphabetically below as soon as there is a volunteer to do this.
  • Davids Stern an Rhein und Neckar; Ausfluege auf den Spuren juedischen Lebens in Baden - Wuerttemberg by Susanne Wetterich. Stuttgart: Silberburg 1990, ISBN 3-925344-38-1, 263 pp. cemeteries & where to get key.
  • Der juedische Friedhof; Zeuge der Geschichte - Zeugnis der Kultur, edited by Alfred Udo Theobald. Karlsruhe: Badenia 1984, ISBN 3-7617-0228-0, 104 pp. incl. BADEN, (DS135.G3 J86x 1984).

For information about old cemeteries in Bavaria:

Landesverband de Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde in Bayern
Effner Str. 68
81925 - Muenchen 81
Att: Herr Michael Trueger

  • Steinerne Zeugnisse juedischen Lebens in Bayern; eine Dokumentation, 2nd ed. by Israel Schwierz. Muenchen: Bayerische Landes- zentrale fuer politische Bildungsarbeit 1992, ISBN 3-87052-398-0, 368 pp. [1st ed. 1988, ISBN 3-87052-393-X, 352 pp.]; lists synagogues and cemeteries, with exact location, information on current condition and brief general description, many photographs. Source: VLB (1st ed.: DS135.G36 S39 1988). All of the cited cemeteries from the FIRST edition have been entered in the alpha list below. Apparently, there is a 2d ed. at LBI : ID # DS 135 G36 S395 1992.
  • Zeugnisse judischer Vergangenheit in Unterfranken by Schwierz, Israel (the author) trough Bayerische Verlagsanstalt Gmbh, Bamberg. Source: Daniel Rothschild, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Juedische Friedhoefe in Oberfranken by Karl Dill. Bayreuth: Regierung von Oberfranken 1992 (Heimatbeilage zum Amtlichen Schulanzeiger des Regierungsbezirks Oberfranken 187), 42 pp. ie juedischen Friedhoefe in Kriegshaber, Buttenwiesen und Binswangen; Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Juden in der ehemaligen Markgrafschaft Burgau/ Berlin: Louis Lamm, 1912. 37p. 20cm. (Zur Geschichte der Juden im bayerischen Schwaben, ID # DS 135 G36 L34 [LBI].
  • Seidl, Glinther Heinz: Der juedische Friedhof auf bayerischen Landkarten. - In: Nachrichten fuer den juedischen Buerger Fuerths (1980), Sept., S. 16-18; Source: AE DDR and BERLIN: (Neue Bundeslaender/DDR und Berlin)
  • Jüdische Friedhöfe in Bayern by the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, Zeuggasse 7, 86150 Augsburg, Germany.
  • Der Gute Ort - Jüdische Friedhöfe in Bayern, by Prof. Christoph Daxelmüller;71 pages on gloss art paper, colour & b/w illustrations, photographs of old drawings, individual gravestones, cemetery views,. tables, list of other literature on this and related subjects, with extensive German text on Jewish traditions, meanings, symbols etc. Publ. 2009 Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, Zeuggasse 7, 86150 Augsburg, Germany. ISBN 978-3-037974-22-9

  • Haus des ewigen Lebens: juedische Friedhoefe in Osthessen und Unterfranken: Fotografien und Gedichte - Wissenswertes ueber juedische Friedhoefe. By Birmann-Daehne, Gerhild / Lauterbach, Druck: Mergard, 1987. 96 p. illus. (part col.) 21 x 23 cm. Bibliography: p. 95. ID # GT 3250 A2 B53 [Leo Baeck Institute: ]
  • Haus des ewigen Lebens: juedische Friedhoefe der Rhoen und im Lipper Land in Fotos und Gedichten [von] Gerhild Biermann-Daehne; Geschichtliches und Dias [von] Heinz-Juergen Hoppe. Ausstellungskatalog. Fulda: Zeitdruck Verlag K. Masche, 1986. 64 p. illus. 21 cm. ID # GT 3250 A2 B5 Source: LBI Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2009 17:51
Material on Jewish cemeteries in Lower Franconia (Burgpreppach, Ebern, Ermershausen, Kleinsteinach, Limbach, Memmelsdorf, Schweinshaupten, Untermerzbach) at LBI : Ebern; Jewish community; Storage-Location: A 23/6; Accession Number(s): AR 5854. Photos of cemeteries of Jewish communities in Unterfranken, Bavaria. (Schwierz). Three photographs of Jewish cemetery in Maroldsweisach and Emershausen. English, German. (1995; Location at Leo Baeck Institute: Israel Schwierz collection; Storage-Location: A 20/0, A 23/7; Accession Number(s): AR 5042, AR 5829.

HESSE: (Northern)
The Wiesbaden Main State Archive group 'Kommission fuer die Geschichte des Judentums in Hessen' at the Hauptstaatsarchiv, Mosbacher Str 55, Wiesbaden, Dr Kropat, is doing a monumental registry of Jewish cemeteries in the State of Hesse, photographs and translations of remaining stones. Source: Charlotte Guthmann Opfermann; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Juedische Friedhoefe in Nordhessen: Bestand und Sicherung by Eva Grulms & Bernd Kleibl. Kassel: J. Stauda, c1984. Bibliography: p.30, Cemeteries, Sepulchral monuments DS135.G4 H4271 1984 Diplomarbeit Gesamthochschule Kassel 1981/82] at LBI : ID # GT 3250 H48 G7 [LBI ] ü Spuren einer Minderheit; Judenfriedhoefe und Synagogen im Werra -Meissner Kreis, by Karl Kollmann and Thomas Wiegand. Bischhausen: Museumsverein Bischhausen - Wichmannshausen, 1986.DS135.G4 4x.
  • Wissenschaftliche Bearbeitung Juedischer Friedhoefe in Hessen by Hartmut Heineman. In: Aschkenas 1 (1991), 211-215
    Instandsetzung und Pflege juedischer Friedhoefe durch die politischen Gemeinden; by Ernst Maiwald. In: Hessische Staedte- und Gemeinde-Zeitung 1985, Nr. 4, 142-146 Eastern Hesse, Unterfranken
  • Haus des ewigen Lebens; Juedische Friedhoefe in Osthessen und Unterfranken, Fotografien und Gedichte, Wissenswertes ueber juedische Friedhoefe, by Gerhild Birmann-Dahne. Lauterbach: Fotoclub Lauterbach 1987 (Heimat- kundliche Reihe des Fotoclubs Lauterbach 15), ISBN 3-89313-000-4, 96 pp. Source: DIE DEUTSCHE NATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHIE [variation of next entry?] Sources: DIE DEUTSCHE NATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHIE/VLB       Bibliographie zur Geschichte der Juden in Hessen by Ulrich Eisenbach, Hartmut Heinemann, & Susanne Walther. Wiesbaden: Kommission fuer die Geschichte der Juden in Hessen 1992 (Schriften der Kommission fur die Geschichte der Juden in Hessen 12), ISBN 3-921434-14-9, 341 pp. Section "6.4 Friedhoefe": pp. 102-112. (Z6373.G3 E37 1992 Hebr.)
    Die judischen Gemeinden in Hessen: Anfang, Untergang, Neugeginn Darmstadt: by Paul Arnsberg/ Societats-Verlag, 1972, 2 vols. Briefly, Arnsberg has histories and descriptions of every Jewish community in pre-war Hesse, and importantly the location of the cemetery used by the community. For example, very small villages often used cemeteries in nearby towns. He also notes when the cemetery came into use, and the names of fallen Jewish soldiers from WWI, the Franco-Prussian War and even in some instances the Napoleonic War! Source: Steven Bachenheimer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , at ID# DS 135 G4 H48 A75 [Leo Baeck Institute]
  • Haus des ewigen Lebens: juedische Friedhoefe der Rhoen und im Lipper Land in Fotos und Gedichten [von] Gerhild Biermann-Daehne; Geschichtliches und Dias [von] Heinz-Juergen Hoppe. Ausstellungskatalog. Fulda: Zeitdruck Verlag K. Masche, 1986. 64 p. illus. 21 cm. ID # GT 3250 A2 B5 Source: LBI Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2009 17:51
See the separate file for 273 cemeteries between Rhein and Maas, current province of Limburg. 9,300 names are available.
  • ü Land zwischen Rhein und Maas= Land tussen Jijn en Maas genealogische Daten von juedischen Friedhoefen in der ehemaligen Rheinprovinz und der neiderlaendischen Provinz Limburg Kleve: Moasaik Familienkundliche Vereinigung fuker das Klever land e V. 1993 326 s
NIEDERRHEIN: [lower Rhine, left bank]
Dokumentation zur Geschichte der Juden am linken Niederrhein seit dem 17. Jahrhundert; by Klaus H S. Schulte. (Documents relating to History of the Jews on the Left Bank of the Lower Rhine since the 17th century). Duesseldorf: Verlag L. Schwann, 1972. 377pp. A precis of documents relevant to Jews of the period, plus an appendix with alphabetic lists of persons buried in almost 70 towns, villages and hamlets. Some list only 4 names, very few have over 100. [NN] Source: Tagger, Mathilde. Printed Books on Jewish cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an annotated bibliography. Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997.
  • Von juedischen Friedhoefen im Rheinland in Zeitschrift des Rheinischen Vereins fuer Denkmalspflege und Heimatschuts 24 (1931) s. 7-10.
  • Juedische Friedhoefe am Niederrhein in Neues rheinland (Pulheim) 32 (1989), nr. 11, s. 4-7.
  • Juedische Friedhoefe im Emsland, 2d ed. Meppen:Schulverwaltungs- und Kulturamt 1991, 48 pp. Brief descriptions of the cemeteries in Papenburg-Aschendorf, Sogel, Haren, Lathen, Meppen, Haseluenne, Herzlake, Lingen, Freren.
  • Die juedischen Friedhoefe im Oldenburger Land; Bestandsaufnahme der erhaltenen Grabsteine by Johannes-Fritz Tollner et al. Oldenburg: Holzberg 1983 (Oldenburger Studien 25), ISBN 3-87358-181-7, 701 pp. [covers Jever, Wilhelmshaven - Schortens- Heidmuhle, Varel, Ovelgonne, Westerstede, Berne, Oldenburg, Delmenhorst, Harpstedt, Wildeshausen, Cloppenburg and Vechta; 1317 photographs taken in 1979/80, showing all extant tombstones with transcription or (if in Hebrew) translation of inscriptions (on both sides of the stone), name index, no diagrams of cemeteries. (DS135.G4 O448 1983) Source: VLB. Source: Tagger, Mathilde. Printed Books on Jewish cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an annotated bibliography. Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997.
  • The Historisches Handbuch der juedischen Gemeinden in Niedersachsen und Bremen [Handbook of the History of the Jewish Communities in Lower Saxony and Bremen] records the history of these communities in 178 articles, encompassing social, economic and cultural backgrounds. It traces this history from the beginning, some of which goes back to the Middle Ages, and often ends with Nazi persecution. It also elaborates on the establishments of the new Jewish communities following the end of the Hitler dictatorship.
    This handbook resulted from the collaboration between the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem and the Avraham Harman Institute of contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. That is how Yad Vashem's know-how, the compilation of which goes back to the 1960's., contributed to the "Pinkas Hakelitot Germania", the Memorial Book of the Jewish Communities in Germany destroyed by National Socialism. The 178 articles of the history of the Jewish communities in Lower Saxony and Bremen are a combination of the above together with German historians' records of local and regional history.
    Published by Herbert Obenaus in collaboration with David Bankier and Daniel Fraenkel in 2005 copyright Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen. 2 volumes 1668 pages, illustrated. ISBN 3-89244-753-5. Detailed bibliographical data retrievable on the Internet from the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
    When this book is used as a source of data or information, it will be referred to as Historisches Handbuch.
OLDENBURG: see Niedersachsen, above

  • Grabmalkunst auf christlichen und juedischen Friedhoefen der Suedpfalz, by Hermann Arnold. Landau: Pfaelzer Kunst 1993, ISBN 3-922580-38-6, 76 pp. [Tombstone Art in Christian and Jewish Cemeteries in So. Palatinate]; at LBI : ID# q NB 1870 A7
  • Pfaelzische Juden und ihre Kultuseinrichtungen by: Bender, Rainer Joha; /Rainer Joha Bender (Hg.) Mannheim, Institut fuer Landeskunde und Regionalforschung der Universitaet Mannheim, 1988. 163 p. illus., facsims., fold. map, fold. table. 22 cm. (Suedwestdeutsche Schriften, Heft 5) Includes bibliographical references. ID# DS 135 G4 p35 and p38 [Leo Baeck Institute]
  • Dokumente des Gedenkens/ Mit Beitraegen von Wilhelm Denig und Henry R. Huttenbach (1930-; hrsg. in Zusammenarbeit mit Editha Bucher von Franz-Josef Heyen. Koblenz: Landesarchivverwaltung Rheinland-Pfalz, 1974. 294p. facsims. 24cm. (Palatinate. G4 Landesarchivverwaltung. Dokumentation ... Bd. 7) Contents.- deportations and Verzeichnisse der juedischen Friedhoefe in Rheinland-Pfalz und im Saarland 1972. 6. Cemeteries--Palatinate. ID # DS G4 p35 p3 [Leo Baeck Institute]
  • Inventarisierung juedischer Friedhoefe in der Pfalz (inventory of the Jewish cemeteries in Pfalz region), by B. Kukatzi and M. Jacoby. Schifferstadt, 1992. 32 pages, illustrated. S2§93B1785. Notes: 7 tombstones (1 for each community). Hebrew inscription and German translation. Source: Tagger, Mathilde. Printed Books on Jewish cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an annotated bibliography. Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997. Each of the towns that are mentioned are noted in the town list.
  • Wegweiser durch das juedische Rheinland, ed by Ludger Heid, Julius H. Schoeps & Marina Sassenberg. Berlin: Nicolai 1992, ISBN 3-87584-385-1, 420 pp. Sources: DIE DEUTSCHE NATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHIE/VLB (DS135.G4 R4883 1992) [Guide to Jewish Rhineland]
  • Juedische Friedhoefe im Rheinland, ed by Gaby Zuern, Manfred Kremers. Dusseldorf: Landesbildstelle Rheinland 1991, ISBN 3-926840-21-8, 39 pp. [booklet accompanying series of 24 slides, order no. 10-48931; Sources: DIE DEUTSCHE NATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHIE/VLB] at Leo Baeck Institute: ID# GT 3250 R52 J8.
  • Grenzsteine des Lebens; auf juedischen Friedhoefen am Niederrhein, by Michael Brocke & Hartmut Mirbach. Duisburg: Mercator 1988, ISBN 3-87463-145-1, 92 pp. Sources: DIE DEUTSCHE NATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHIE/VLB.
  • Dokumente des Gedenkens. Mit Beitraegen von Wilhelm Denig und Henry R. Huttenbach, herausgegebem in Zusammenarbeit mit Editha Bucher von Franz-Josef Heyen; Selbstverlag der Landesarchivverwaltung Rheinland - Pfalz, (Band 7) 1974. XII. 294 pp.  ISBN 3-931014-13-4.
  • us des ewigen Lebens; juedische Friedhoefe der Rhon und im Lipper Land, Gerhild Birmann-Daahne and Heinz-Juergen Hoppe. Fulda: Zeitdruck 1986, ISBN 3-924789-09-6, 64 pp. catalog of an exhibition in Bad Kissingen SAARLAND
    See separate listing below, in Part 4, for about 40 Saarland cemeteries.
  • Juedische Friedhoefe in Westfalen und Lippe by Hartmut Stratmann & Guenter Birkmann. Duesseldorf: Der Kleine Verlag 1987, ISBN 3-824166-15-3, 197 pp. List of all Jewish cemeteries in the area: location, size, years used and brief description, arranged by cities and rural districts Bibliographic references.
  • Juedisches Leben in Alme, Altenbueren, Brilon, Madfeld, Messinghausen, Roesenbeck [und] Thuelen, von den Anfaengen bis zur Gegenwart. Mit bild-/textdokumenten u. A. Zu den juedischen friedhoefen/ [von] Ursula Hesse/ Aschoff, Diethard Brilon, Stadt Brilon, 1991] 380 p. illus., facsims., plans, ports., tables. 23x25 cm. "Aspekte juedischer Geschichte in Westfalen, von Diethard Aschoff": p. 9-12.. Bibliographical footnotes. 10. Cemeteries--Westphalia. ID # DS 135 G4 W4 H48 [LBI ]


Stein und Name, Die juedischen Friedhoefe in Ostdeutschland; Michael Brocke, Eckehart Ruthenbert, and Kai Uwe Schulenburg; published by: Institut Kirche und Judentum Band 22; Berlin 1994; 720 pages, about 120 picutres; DM 39,80. ISBM 3-923095-19-8; information on over 300 towns with tombstone inscription translations (from Hebrew to German); for information or ordering contact: Institut fuer Kirche und Judentum, Dom zu Berlin, Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin; tel.: 030/2469153; fax: 030/2469154; Source:Professor Dr. Michael Brocke, Freie Universitat Berlin, Fachbereich, Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften II, Insitute fuer Judaistik (WE 1), Schwendenerstr. 27, 14195 Berlin.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2011 12:34
Web site created by Open Sky Web Design based on a template by Red Evolution