Jewish Cemetery, Worms
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.
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|Coordinates:||49.629658° N, 8.355500° E (view on Google Maps)|
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