Jewish cemetery (Winnweiler)

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Jewish cemetery in Winnweiler

Tahara House

The Winnweiler Jewish Cemetery is a Jewish cemetery in Winnweiler in the Donnersbergkreis district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. As an ensemble, it is a protected cultural monument.[1] The cemetery is located at the Schulstraße, not far from the end of the village in the direction of Wingertsweilerhof. There are 346 gravestones preserved.


Accounts of when the cemetery was established vary and contradict each other: ‘before 1721’,[2] probably 1725.[3] Burials were made from the first third of the 18th century until the first third of the 20th century and then again in 1963.

The Tahara House was built in 1856[4][5][6] built. It is the only Jewish cult building in the northern Palatinate that has remained unchanged and never served any other purpose.[4]

Around 1880 the cemetery was extended. In the 19th century, the association cemetery, which is divided into an older (18th/19th century) and a newer part (20th century), also served the Jews from Alsenbrück, Enkenbach, Gonbach, Hochspeyer, Imsbach, Kaiserslautern, Lohnsfeld, Mehlingen, Münchweiler, Otterberg and Sembach.

During the National Socialist era the cemetery was partially destroyed. After the end of the war it could be restored. In 1987 the cemetery was desecrated.

Web links

Commons: Jewish cemetery– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. Informational register of cultural monuments – Donnersbergkreis.(pdf) In: S. 39, retrieved on 31 January 2016.
  2. Jewish Cemetery Winnweiler at the Central Archive for Research on the History of the Jews in Germany
  3. List of cultural monuments in Winnweiler
  4. a b Museum Winnweiler: European Day of Jewish Culture, Verbandsgemeinde Winnweiler, 25 August 2015
  5. Werner Rasche: From the Jews in Winnweiler on: On the Main Focus of our Museum “Judaism”, Museum Winnweiler
  6. Ulrich Knufinke: Bauwerke jüdischer Friedhöfe in Deutschland (= Schriftenreihe der Bet-Tfila-Forschungsstelle für Jüdische Architektur in Europa. 3). Imhof, Petersberg 2007, ISBN 978-3-86568-206-2, p. 443, (Accessory: Braunschweig, Technical University, dissertation, 2005).

Coordinates 49° 34′ 6.3″ N, 7° 50′ 38.7″ E