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Frankfurt Sights

Alter Jüdischer Friedhof (Old Jewish Cemetery)

  • Battonnstr. 2 Map It
  • City Center
  • Cemetery

Updated 11/18/2013

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Containing hundreds of moss-covered gravestones, this cemetery was in use between the 13th and mid-19th centuries, and is one of the few reminders of prewar Jewish life in Frankfurt. It suffered minimal vandalization in the Nazi era, even though its adjoining grand Börneplatz Synagogue was destroyed on Kristallnacht, in 1938. That space is now part of Museum Judengasse; ask the admissions desk for the key to open the vandal-proof steel gates to the cemetery. Mayer Amschel

Rothschild, founder of the banking family, who died in 1812, is buried here, along with some family members (the Rothschild mansion is now the main Jewish Museum). The wall around the cemetery is dotted with more than 1,000 small memorial plaques, each with the name of a Jewish Frankfurter and the concentration camp where they died. There is a newer Jewish cemetery at Eckenheimer Landstrasse 238 (about 2½ km [1½ miles] north).

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Address:

Battonnstr. 2, Frankfurt, 60311, Germany

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Phone:

069-212–40000

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Sun.–Fri. 8:30–4:30

Updated 11/18/2013

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The Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall has 12,000 names on it, not 1000. Includes Anne Frank, her sister Margot, and their mother Edith. There are 2 newer Jewish cemeteries, one on Rat-Beil str. used from 1828-1929, and a 2nd one on Eckenheimer. Both are connected to the main Frankfurt Cemetery, the Hauptfriedhof.

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