Chatam Sofer Memorial, Bratislava

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Chatam Sofer Memorial, formerly the Old Jewish Cemetery is the burial place and memorial of Moses Sofer a prominent orthodox rabbi from the 19th century built at the place of a 17th-century Jewish cemetery in Bratislava, Slovakia. The historical cemetery was mostly destroyed with the construction of the road tunnel under Bratislava Castle in 1943 but negotiations with the clero-fascist Slovak leader Jozef Tiso allowed an important fraction of the cemetery containing the graves of the rabbis to be preserved encased in concrete. Later, when the tunnel was converted for public transport trams a tram stop was constructed above the site. In 2002 a modern memorial was erected above the site and it was partially opened to the public.
The fenced area of the Chatam Sofer Memorial is roughly equivalent to the area of the former Old Jewish Cemetery of Bratislava. It is located at Nábrežie armádneho generála Ludvíka Svobodu Street and it is bordered by the tram tunnel to the east a wall to the north, New Apostolic Church headquarters to the west and the River Park development to the south across the street. It is approximately 70 meters distant from the river Danube.
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  • Pur guide made this claim because there were about 6,000 graves next to the Danube River. As the river level rose, they moved all graves to higher ground except for 23 (one of which is Schreiber one....  more »
  • This is just another Cemetery here. Nothing special. Not a tourist attraction. You can visit if you are a jew.  more »
  • Took a cab from vienna. site says opens at 9:00 got there 10:30. was locked. woman says she called and they should be there to open 15 min. well waited 20 . i called they said not before 11:15. left 11:30 said my tehillim at locked gate..
  • Was very inspired after going to the chatam sofers grace every time I learn a piece of Gemara and we quote the chatam sofer I get very connected as I’ve been by his kever
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