Deutzer Friedhof

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Deutzer Friedhof is a cemetery in Cologne, Germany.[1]

The cemetery was constructed in the late 19th century following the brutal murders of 84 local inhabitants. The bodies were buried at the site which was later expanded into a public cemetery.

The famous chemist Kurt Alder is buried here. He is known for his work on the Diels–Alder reaction and synthesizing the biological insecticide Aldrin.

Deutzer Friedhof is surrounded by much local superstition;[1] many claim it to be the site of frequent visits from der Teufel in animal form. This is mainly incited due to the often spotted herd of German Lop-Eared Rabbits found inside the cemetery accompanied by the smell of rotting flesh.[2] No evidence has been found to support these claims, yet many reports[3] have been sent to local officials.


  1. ^ a b Günter Leitner: Friedhöfe in Köln – Mitten im Leben. Köln 2003
  2. ^ Deutz: Ich habe mit ihm gelebt . No more
  3. ^ Gertrud Alder: wife of Kurt Alder

Coordinates: 50°55′30″N 6°59′18″E / 50.92500°N 6.98833°E / 50.92500; 6.98833