Jewish Cemetery, Worms

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Heiliger Sand
The Rabbinental ("Vale of the Rabbis") in the cemetery
View of Worms Cathedral from the cemetery, known as the Martin Buber view. Buber wrote of this view, reflecting on the ties between God and the Jews and between Jewry and Christendom.[1]

The Jewish Cemetery in Worms or Heiliger Sand, in Worms, Germany, is usually called the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe,[2] although the Jewish burials in the Jewish sections of the Roman catacombs predate it by a millennium. The Jewish community of Worms was established by the early eleventh century, and the oldest tombstone still legible dates from 1058/59.[3] The cemetery was closed in 1911, when a new cemetery was inaugurated. Some family burials continued until the late 1930s. The older part still contains about 1,300 tombstones, the newer part (on the wall of the former city fortifications, acquired after 1689) more than 1,200. The cemetery is protected and cared for by the city of Worms, the Jewish community of Mainz-Worms, and the Landesdenkmalamt of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Salomon L. Steinheim-Institute for German-Jewish History at the University of Duisburg-Essen has been documenting and researching it since 2005.

Notable people buried at the cemetery[edit]




  1. ^ SchUM-Städte am Rhein Newsletter 1, SchUM-Städte Speyer, Worms, Mainz e.V.; November 2017 (in German)
  2. ^ Heiliger Sand (Jewish Cemetery), Worms
  3. ^ Epidat: Jüdischer Friedhof Worms: Inv.-Nr. 9008

Coordinates: 49°37′47″N 8°21′20″E / 49.62972°N 8.35556°E / 49.62972; 8.35556