Berlin's Jewish burial grounds are inextricably linked with Brandenburg and Prussian history. They bear witness to the eventful course of assimilation and tolerance, but also of persecution and extermination.
The cemetery of the Jewish community in Weißensee, opened in 1880, is Europe's largest Jewish cemetery in terms of area and is home to some 116,000 graves. During the time of the Nazi dictatorship, the war in particular caused considerable damage. In GDR times, despite its status as a "national cultural monument," it was desecrated several times by right-wing radicals. Even in the more recent past, most recently in 2019, it has occasionally been the site of anti-Semitic actions.
The walk passes gravesites of famous and special people from Berlin's city history. Stories are told from times when the "Good Place of Weißensee" was completely overgrown.
Today, this cemetery is once again the main burial place of the Jewish Community of Berlin.
This guided tour focuses on women who achieved great things, but were also almost forgotten alongside well-known men: Rosalie Ernst, Tom Seidmann-Freud, Lina Morgenstern, Mathilde Jacob, Else Ury.
- Guided tour: KD Lorenz Ehmke
- Meeting point: At the entrance to the cemetery, Herbert-Baum-Str. 45, 13088 Berlin
- Cost: 12 €
- Aimed at: Adults
(Program in German)
Jüdischer Friedhof Berlin-Weißensee - Haupteingang