Old Jewish Cemetery

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Old Jewish Cemetery
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Frankfurt’s Jewish cemeteries date back to the Middle Ages—the oldest surviving gravestone is from 1272. You’ll find tombstones leaning in different angles; at least, those that remain, since both the Nazis and the bombing destroyed many graves during World War II. Today fewer than 200 tombstones are in good condition, but the sites are still worth a visit. One cemetery wall was turned into a memorial in 1996 as a tribute to the city’s Jewish history. Inscribed are the names of Frankfurt Jews murdered during the Holocaust—more than 10,000 victims. Another Jewish cemetery, on Rat-Beil-Straße 10, contains hundreds of graves of Frankfurt Jews who committed suicide between 1938 and 1943. Despite the tragic history laid to rest in these graveyards, they’re now peaceful places of contemplation, with tombstones covered in moss and tall trees offering shade and places to rest.

By: Veronica Zaragovia

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Venue name: Old Jewish Cemetery
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Address: Battonnstraße
Frankfurt

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The Medieval Jewish Cemetery on Batton Str. has about 2500 gravestones left, not 200. 

The Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Wall has the names of about 12,000 Jews, not 10,000. 

The cemetery on Rat-Beil strasse has approximately 40,000 graves. They do not have 100's of gravestones for the approximately 900 Frankfurt Jews who committed suicide. There are only a few here. The other cemetery on Eckenheimer Landstrasse has more as well as a memorial.