BORK (SELM): North Rhine-Westphalia Print
  • 51°40' N 7°28' E, 258.4 miles W of Berlin. Two synagogues existed. This second is of the few remaining in Westphalia, but the first mention is found in a house directory from 1818. In 1847, 68 Jews lived in Selm-Bork and in 1939, two who were deported in 1942. The Kristallnacht pogrom resulted in the building being looted and partially destroyed inside. The Jewish community was forced to sell the building. A coal merchant bought the building and used it as a warehouse. In 1983, the synagogue was landmarked. The 1991 renovation of the synagogue beginning resulted in its return in 1994. Since 2000 it is used by Etz Ami, a liberal Jewish community. photo. [Sep 2012]
  • Jewish Cemetery: 59379 North Rhine-Westphalia (Gerz). Schorfheide, Kreisstrasse

CEMETERY: City Selm, Unna: Located on the county road toward House 141, corner house-mountain road and is 682 m² in size. Used 1835, 1869 - 1936? 38 visible gravestones. In May 2002, the cemetery was desecrated. Information differs on the origins of this cemetery. Often the first burial is given as 1869 and the last 1936. A memorial stone bears the following inscription:

JEWISH CEMETERY
BURIAL SITE OF THE FORMER
Jewish Community BORK-SELM
BY 38 GRAVE STONES WITH TLW. HEBREW
INSCRIPTIONS DATED THE OLDEST
FROM THE YEAR 1864
THE LAST FUNERAL 30 YEARS AGO

2006: 40 gravestones were visible although some sources say 38. The the last identifiable grave inscription is 1934. The cemetery is T-shaped. The upper part contains burials from the 19th century. The center has a walkway. 20th century burials are there. In contrast to the upper part, the two younger fields are dense with ivy. Apart from lack of grave stones in right area, this cemetery is full apparently. From 1822 to 1863, the death register lists 39 people leaving 37 tombstones missing. Still, in 1959, the cemetery was in a sorry state and in 2002, desecrated. The Stadtwerke Selm provides regular maintenance.The 1864 gravestone is that of Therese Alexander born on 2 July 1787 and died on 25 January 1864. On 25 February 1864 Trine, Abraham Goldberg's wife, died. To the right of the entrance are two man-sized grave stones are exclusively Hebrew grave inscriptions. One of them belongs from 26 April 1835 is the grave of Sara Alexander, the widow of Melcher Moyses and daughter of Alexander Süss ben Avram, born in the 1739 with conversion of the Hebrew date, the death date is 1 April 1835. Also bured on 16 November 1934 is Moritz Wollenberger born on 25 Born November 1877.[Sep 2012]

Hartmut Stratmann, Günter Birkmann: Jewish Cemeteries in Westphalia and Lippe dkv the small Verlag, Dusseldorf, 1987. ISBN 3-924166-15-3
- Approximately 1975 - 2000 by Heritage Office (Photos)
- 2002 by Mike Redel (copy, German inscriptions)
- history in Westfalen-Lippe, 1987 , page 138

Last Updated on Friday, 14 September 2012 20:14