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"Israelitish Cementery - About 210 graves!" Hoogeveen Off The Beaten Path Tip by Jerelis

Hoogeveen Off The Beaten Path: 15 reviews and 19 photos

  Overview at the Israelitish Cementery.
by Jerelis

The Jews were also buried at the cementery of the Grote Kerk, before buying their own piece of land to bury their dead. This cementary ground used to be part of the Grote Kerk. At the north side of this church, murderes, thiefs and other scum were burried. At the western part the Christian Cementary was achieved, of course as close as possible to the church itself. The ground assigned to the Jews was the most southern outlying part of the territory, not very popular by the Christians anyway.

This very old cementary doesn't show much of what it used to be. It just seems to be a small lawn with a green metal pilinwork surrounding it. Although just 2 tombstones are visible, its proven that everywhere beneath the grass Jews are burried. Rough calculations about the size of a grave in the late 18th century and documents about funerals in those days, make an estimate of about 210 graves at this Israelitish Cementery! It’s very difficult to realize this once you’re in front of the metal pilinwork.

At the crossing of Van Echtenstraat and Wilhelminastraat in the city centre.

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  • Updated Feb 17, 2009
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