Berlin Cemeteries

Cemeteries in Berlin, Germany

Berlin Cemeteries

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  • germanwithoutsandals
    germany92 contributions
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    Peace of the senses is a certainty in this place, peace of mind isn't. This cemetery is a much better monument to German-Jewish history than the one recalling the Holocaust close to Brandenburger Tor.

    For a start, it was actually build by German Jews, and it reflects the full story since 1800. Instead of the traditional, uniform Jewish tombstones, the architecture of the tombs soon goes full Hohenzollern. Instead of hebrew, the letters are of the Gothic type, and naturally, dates of birth and death are given only in the Christian calendar. This was an age of integration and assimilation. It will be hard to find a cemetery in Germany where a higher percentage of tombstones carries academic titles - doctors and professors everywhere.

    Then comes the mid-twentieth century, and all that splendor is gone. The collective pride gives way to individual despair. Many tombs carry the names of people who have no grave of their own: their family have resorted to adding their names to the family grave, so they have a place to go to mourn them and to bear witness. Yet in some graves, people are buried that have died abroad: while choosing to live the rest of their lives elsewhere, they wanted to be buried with others in their family.

    Finally, the newest graves show another plot twist: many of their tombstones carry cyrillic inscriptions. The integration of the German Jews of the 1800s may look like an illusion, the integration of those emigrated from Russia looks still far away.
    Written August 13, 2022
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  • opera_fanatic47
    Arles-sur-Tech, France283 contributions
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    The Dorotheenstadt Cemetery is a lovely small graveyard easily accessible by public transport, directly in front of the Brecht-Weigel house-museum which sometimes conducts tours of the cemetery, even in English by arrangement. People like us come here to see the famous graves: Hegel, Bertolt Brecht, Helene Weigel, Arnold Zweig, Christa Wolf, Anna Seghers, and, above all for us, Herbert Marcuse. There are many other tombs of apparently well-known personalities more familiar to German visitors. All are well-marked on the map at the entrance. The cemetery is not large, so that the graves are relatively easy to find. A pleasant 30 or 40 minutes.
    Written May 27, 2023
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
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    This cemetery near Oranienburger Strasse has a long but dark history. Today the place is more of a holocaust memorial.

    Thousand of Jews were buried here between 1672 and 1827. The most famous grave is the German philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. His gravestone is still left but has been restored several times.

    Under the Nazis, the cemetery was destroyed in 1943. After the war, the cemetery was returned to the Jewish community and part of the site was converted into a public park.

    In 1985, a striking Willi Lammert’s sculpture “Jewish Victims of Fascism” was placed next to the entrance.
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • AvidTraveler12
    Winchester, UK1,813 contributions
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    We were part of a group tour and visited the cemetery in April. The Commonwealth War Graves commission are responsible for the upkeep of the cemetery and the place is in immaculate condition.
    Mostly the graves are from air force bomber command & some of the Dambusters are buried here
    The book of remembrance can be signed in the gated entrance area.
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • Dale
    Wilmslow, UK145 contributions
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    The resting place of the Brothers Grimm and Max Bruch, among others. A tranquil spot to wander around, with a little cafe at the entrance. Many interesting gravestones and plots.
    Written March 22, 2020
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  • NK6
    India13 contributions
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    If you are visiting Berlin...this is on the obligatory must visit list. A peaceful place with atmosphere.
    Written March 18, 2016
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  • Aidan O
    Belfast, UK14 contributions
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    Not much left to see but it has an atmosphere which can be evoked with little imagination. The story of the graveyard, its inhabitants and its division by the Berlin Wall is a microcosm of the wider history of nineteenth and twentieth century Germany. Anyone with an imagination and with a keen interest in nineteenth and twentieth century military history shouldn't miss it.
    Written October 28, 2016
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  • 111kika
    Antwerp, Belgium17 contributions
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    Pretty difficult 2 find. I hope the Grave stays there for ever. Iconic silence while searching her Grave. Incredible environment. Suicide cemetery, especially for young girls who got pregnant rape during domestic services. They had to commit suicide to avoid even more problems. The place where the cemetery was founded is near the place where the river brought the dead bodies. Culturally an important place to fight for rights of girls/ women around the world ! Berlin: Keep this cemetary.
    Written December 5, 2022
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  • Lydia G
    Umeå, Sweden78 contributions
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    Being someone who likes to just walk around enjoying the views and looking at things, this was totally a neat place to stumble over the first day.
    Written June 11, 2018
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  • Clogs
    Poland3,012 contributions
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    Very nice, green and peaceful burial ground, where many well known Germans have been laid to rest, including Marlene Dietrich, star of the Blue Angel, honoured by the city of Berlin with a so-called Ehren Grabe. It's a humble little plot, but all the more lovely for its down-to-earthness. The rest of the yard is lovely, quiet, green, with little cross paths leading in all directions. Benches all around. As well as water wells for watering the flowers and greens. Nice.
    Written September 24, 2020
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  • Clogs
    Poland3,012 contributions
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    Overgrown, but lovely in its wildness, headstones hidden between the weeds, sometimes trees grow on top of graves. The whole thing resembles a bit a nature cemetary. Perhaps in a century it will be. Good and restful experience.
    Written July 2, 2020
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