City Views Bonn – Jewish Cemeteries in Bonn

Bonn - Bad Godesberg-Mehlem - Jewish Cemetary at Levyweg

Bonn - Bad Godesberg-Mehlem - Jewisch Cemetary

Unfortunately, the cemetery at Bonn-Castell was closed this week. The pictures show the Jewish Cemetery in Bonn-Bad Godesberg-Mehlem.

There are seven Jewish cemeteries in Bonn. Three of them are located in the district of Bad Godesberg: Alter Friedhof, Ännchenstrassse/1730-1901,  Neuer Friedhof, Burgstrasse/1895-1957 and Jüdischer Friedhof Mehlem, Levyweg/1868 -1941. The other four cemeteries are in Bonn-Castell, at the corner Römerstrasse/Augustusring; Bonn-Endenich, Hainstrasse/1861-1963, Beuel-Schwarzrheindorf, near Nordbrücke at the Rhine embankment promenade/1623 -1956 and finally the new Jewish cemetery in Bonn-Ückesdorf, Am Göttgesbach, which was inaugurated in 1996.

1. The Jewish Cemetery in Bonn-Castell

The cemetery in Bonn-Castell is the largest (more than 890 tombs) and only one which is still used for burials today and cultivated by the nearly 600 members of the Synagogue Community.  It was inaugurated on April 2, 1873. The first burial took place two days later, on April, 4. The tombstone of Hermann Heyermann – a baby who died the day before – is still preserved. Before that time decedents who had lived in Bonn-Centre found their last resting place at the  Jewish Cemetery (Bonn-) Beuel-Schwarzrheindorf, on the other side of the river Rhine.                                           

At the cemetery’s entrance, visitors will see a cenotaph by sculptor Jacobus Linden, erected by the local department of Reichbund jüdischer Frontsoldaten (RjF) in November 1930 for Jewish victims of World War I. In 1950, a second cenotaph was inaugurated in memory of the Jewish victims of the Nazis, among them the chairman of RjF, attorney Siegmund Mayer, who was killed at Auschwitz in 1944.  As usual on a Jewish cemetery, there are no flowers on the tombs: jewish tradition demands, that visitors leave a stone on the tombstone.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 the painter Arie Ogen died in Bonn at the age of 94. Ogen, born in Stanislawow under the name Leon Feuermann survived the Holocaust. He joined the Red Army in 1941. After World War 2 he worked as architect in the Sowjetunion and Poland. In 1957 he emigrated to Israel (Jerusalem) where he began  his artistic career. 34 years later, in 1991, Arie Ogen moved to Bonn, where he was for a long time vice chairman of the Jewish Community. The internationally renowed artist was buried on Friday March 23, 2012 at the cemetery in Bonn-Castell. Until now, he was the last person who was buried at this location.

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