Friesenberg

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Friesenberg is a quarter in the district 3 of Zürich.

Werd and Friesenberg (in the foreground) as seen from Uetliberg

Geography[edit]

The quarter of Friesenberg in Zürich

Situated at the southern slope of the Uetliberg mountain, Friesenberg was formerly a part of Wiedikon municipality, which was incorporated into Zurich in 1893.

Demographics[edit]

The quarter has a population of 10,360 distributed on an area of 5.15 km².

Jewish cemeteries[edit]

ICZ building and library in Zürich-Enge

On 5 July 1865 the Jewish community, which at that time numbered 30 members, mentioned the acquisition of a field for applying a cemetery.[1][2] On 31 May 1866 the Unterer Friesenberg cemetery was inaugurated on occasion of the first funeral of a Jewish woman in Zürich. In 1892 a cemetery hall was built, and after several expansions, a large second site was bought in 1916. Since the installation of the second cemetery in 1952, fewer and fewer burials were done at the very first Jewish cemetery in Zürich since the 14th century. Notable interments include Felix Salten (1860-1945), Joseph Schmidt (1904-1942) and Otto Klemperer (1885-1973).[3] Oberer Friesenberg cemetery, the second cemetery of the Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zürich (ICZ), was inaugurated in 1952 and extended in 1988. At the cemetery grounds there is a large cemetery hall with rooms for ablution. A memorial stone (limestone cube) by Susi Guggenheim Weil recalls the victims of in the Nazi era. Notable interments include Kurt Hirschfeld (1902-1964), Mascha Kaléko (1907-1975), Erwin Leiser (1923-1996), Jenny Splatter Schaner (1907-1996), Margarete Susman (1872-1966), Lydia Woog (1913-2003), and Sigi Feigel (1921-2004), the former ICZ president.[4]

Transportation[edit]

The Friesenberg quarter is served by a number of railway stations on line S10 of the Zurich S-Bahn. These include Zürich Friesenberg, Zurich Schweighof and Zurich Triemli stations.

Literature[edit]

  • Statistical overview from Zürich city (German language): Quartierspiegel Friesenberg. Zürich 2011 (PDF; 2.85 MB)


Coordinates: 47°21′52.92″N 8°30′28.53″E / 47.3647000°N 8.5079250°E / 47.3647000; 8.5079250

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Friedhöfe" (in German). Schweizerischer Israelitischer Gemeindebund (SIG). Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Jüdische Friedhöfe" (in German). Evangelisch-reformierte Landeskirche des Kantons Zürich. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Zürich: Jüdischer Friedhof - Unterer Friesenberg" (in German). alemannia-judaica.de. Retrieved 2015-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Zürich: Jüdischer Friedhof - Oberer Friesenberg" (in German). alemannia-judaica.de. Retrieved 2015-12-18.