• Boaz Albert

Old Jewish Cemetery


All Jewish communities must have at least two institutions: a cemetery and a synagogue. At 1671, when Elector Friedrich Wilhelm summoned the deported Jews from Vienna to sit in Berlin, he granted them this burial place. The community used this cemetery until 1827.

The most public figure buried here is Moshe Mendelson, The German philosopher who considered the pioneer of the Jewish enlightenment.

During the holocaust, the Nazis destroyed the cemetery, and at the last stage of the war used it as mass graves for soldiers and civilians.

After the war, the cemetery was returned to the Jewish community. A memorial sculpture was placed next to the cemetery's gate.





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