HANAU: 63450 Hesse (Gerz)
"Die juedischen Friedhoefe Hanau und Steinheim" research for Memorial Book completed 1995 by Bamberger. Source: Bamberger Family Archives D-70003 Stuttgart, POB 10 04 04, or 91070 Jerusalem POB 70 38 or Bjorn Bamberger, POB 627 Long Beach NY 11561; 516-889-2827. Das Kabronimbuch (Totengraeberbuch) der Hanauer juedischen Gemeinde-in Hanauisches Magazin 9 (1923)
- Frankfurter Rundschau, 17.12.1997, page 24, 290 5 LR6 by Pamela D"rh"fer The gravestones stand next to each other in endless rows There is an iron gate on Muehltorweg (street). The first graves are on the edge towards today's Jahnstrasse. Those of the last 30 years are on the right next to the entrance. A long wide path divides the old from the newer part. It is the only path in the cemetery. The oldest date from 1603 shortly after Graf Philipp Ludwig II allowed Jews to settle, perhaps for economic reasons (banking?). The Jewish population there has been stable at about 5%. Many of the inscriptions on the oldest stones have been illegible for a long time and many have sunk into the ground and are leaning. One stone leaned toward a tree and the tree has grown around it so separation would be impossible. However some very old ones are still legible showing praises of the deceased. The oldest stones are all Hebrew and with integration, more German is present. No Jews returned to Hanau after WWII.
- Hanau-Steinheim: Eric Adler
has gotten some of the information, but not the Hebrew names yet. There are about 100 graves. There is information on about 75. from 1870 through 1937.
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