Jewish cemetery in Alsbach Hähnlein.
Documentation: Record of all the approx. 2,000 gravestones existent in the year 2006.
Scope: Approx. 3,000 photos were taken.
Period: October 2006
Location: The cemetery is approx. 1 km outside Alsbach-Hähnlein directly near the B3 road and is signposted from there.
Visitors have to contact the town administration office (Mr. Morgenstern) and are then given the key to the entrance.
The Jewish cemetery in Alsbach-Hähnlein is the central burial ground for the South Hesse region. Jews from the following communities are buried here: (Alsbach, Auerbach, Bensheim, Biblis, Biebesheim, Brstadt, Crumstadt, Eberstadt, Elmshausen, Eschollbrücken, Gernsheim, Goddelau, Groß- und Kleinhausen, Großrohrheim, Hahn, Hähnlein, Heppenheim, Hofheim, Jugenheim, Lorsch, Pfungstadt, Nordheim, Reichenbach, Schönberg, Seeheim, Schwanheim, Stockstadt, Zwingenberg)
The cemetery is in what can be described as a well looked after state despite several incidents of desecration in the past. The older gravestones are almost all made of local sandstone, which reveals some major differences in quality due to the different sandstone layers (locations) in the quarrying area. As a result, some of the gravestones are excellently preserved whereas others are considerably to completely weather-beaten.
In the later part of the cemetery (field 4), granite was used more and more often, some of which originates from the Odenwald quarries and some of which was imported from abroad. Apart from the usual soiling caused by the trees in the cemetery, most of these gravestones show no signs of weathering.
Field 4 contains approx. 20 gravestones for Jewish soldiers (First World War). These can be recognized by the inscription of rank and appropriate ornamental decoration.
The last burial took place shortly after the Second World War.
Over 3000 photos
ISBN : 3-938454-19-9
ISBN (new) 978-3-938454-19-0