Judischer Friedhof Heiliger Sand, Worms

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See some of the oldest Jewish graves in Europe at Judischer Friedhof Heiliger Sand, which survived against all odds during the brutal years of Hitler's regime. Considered the oldest remaining Jewish cemetery on the continent--though the Jewish graves in the Roman catacombs predate it by a millennium--this site contains still-legible tombstones from as far back as the 11th century. The older section of the cemetery contains about 1,300 tombstones, while the newer part, near the wall of the former city fortifications, contains more than 1,200. The cemetery is protected and cared for by the city of Worms and the region's Jewish community. Planning Worms trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • Just not my thing, my family was bent on getting here. The oldest of tombstones goes back to the 11th century, but reality... it's a graveyard. There's no art that will blow you away. OK, I could see....  more »
  • Did not expect the oldest Jewish cemetery to be in Worms, which was a short stop for me travelling on bike along the Rhine river. I was alone and the place seems a bit scary as all old cemetaries...  more »
  • Kever Of baal aderes eliyahu, mahril. Cavas yair. Amongst others. קבר של מהריל. קבר של חוות יאיר. ושל אליהו בעל שם (אדרת אליהו). Walk into the gate (as pictured) either take the path immediately on the left for about 4/5 min (over grass a bit right before the chelkas harabonim) and then little hill downwards into chelka. Or u can continue straight down the main path till steps on the left (pics inclu) continue that path for about 3 mins till u see path going down into small hill (ditch) on the left (next the big wall of cemetery).
  • Heiliger Sand The Rabbinental ("Vale of the Rabbis") in the cemetery View of Worms Cathedral from the cemetery, known as the Martin Buber view. Buber wrote of this view, reflecting on the ties between God and the Jews and between Jewry and Christendom.[1] The Jewish Cemetery in Worms or Heiliger Sand, in Worms, Germany, is usually called the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe,[2] although the Jewish burials in the Jewish sections of the Roman catacombs predate it by a millennium. The Jewish community of Worms was established by the early eleventh century, and the oldest tombstone still legible dates from 1058/59.[3] The cemetery was closed in 1911, when a new cemetery was inaugurated. Some family burials continued until the late 1930s. The older part still contains about 1,300 tombstones, the newer part (on the wall of the former city fortifications, acquired after 1689) more than 1,200. The cemetery is protected and cared for by the city of Worms, the Jewish community of Mainz-Worms, and the Landesdenkmalamt of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Salomon L. Steinheim-Institute for German-Jewish History at the University of Duisburg-Essen has been documenting and researching it since 2005.
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