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Jewish Cemetery, Worms

Paper and rock remembrances in the Jewish Cemetery. Photo © Michael Clemens. View all images in our Jewish Cemetery Photo Gallery.
Autumn in the Jewish Cemetery. Photo © Allanimal.
Tombs in the Jewish Cemetery. Photo © Allanimal.

In the southwest corner of the walled city of Worms is the Heiliger Sand, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe. The green, peaceful grounds are home to hundreds of twisted and sunken tombstones, some more than 900 years old.

The earliest tombstone that is still standing dates from 1076; the last burial was in 1940. For unknown reasons, the graves do not have the customary orientation towards Jerusalem; the sole exception is the marytr Rabbi Meir von Rothenburg at the lowest point of the grounds.

The cemetery fell into disuse before the Holocaust: it was so full that by 1911, a new burial ground was created elsewhere and only established families could continue to use the Heiliger Sand. Miraculously, the cemetery was not destroyed under the Third Reich.

The old Jewish Quarter in Worms, containing the Alte Synagogue and Jewish Museum, is at the other end of town to the north.

Quick Facts on Jewish Cemetery

Site Information
Names:Jewish Cemetery; Jewish Cemetery, Worms
City:Worms
State:Rhineland-Palatinate
Country:Germany
Categories:Cemeteries
Faiths:Judaism
Status:ruins
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Worms, Germany
Coordinates:49.629658° N, 8.355500° E  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Jewish Cemetery

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References

  1. The Rough Guide to Germany 6 (April 2004).
  2. Synagoge und Mikwe - Judenviertel - Worms.de

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Title:Jewish Cemetery, Worms
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/25/2009
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