HATTERN: (Gelderland) Print

International Jewish Cemetery Project - Netherlands

Hattern Jewish Cemetery [Joodse Begraafpaats Hattern]: Located in Gelderland, 7 km from Zwolle, current population is 5,000-25,000 with fewer than 100 Jews. Last known Jewish burial in the unlandmarked suburban cemetery near the river Lissell was 9 March 1981. Separate, but near other cemeteries, the site has no sign or marker. Located by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all. The site has a hedge or row of trees and a locking gate.

Pre-WWII and current size of the cemetery is 30x30 m with 33 memorial markers, none in original location. None are broken. Vegetation and water drainage are not problems. No special sections. The oldest stone dates from 1883. The 19th century granite tombstones are finely smoothed and inscribed with Hebrew.

The national Jewish community owns the property only used as a Jewish cemetery. Adjacent properties are residential. Occasionally, private Jewish and non-Jewish visitors and local residents stop at the site. Past care includes patching broken stones. Current care is a regular caretaker paid by local contributions. No structures. Weather erosion and vegetation are moderate threats. Security is a serious threat.

Bert de Jong, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it completed the survey on 12 Sep 2003. He visited the site in May 2003. No interviews or additional documentation were used to complete the survey. [October 2003]