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Berlin’s Oldest Jewish Cemetery (Spandauer Vorstadt)

13 Responses to “Berlin’s Oldest Jewish Cemetery (Spandauer Vorstadt)”

  1. Eva

    Wow, I have been one block away from there in several directions, and I always missed it. Will try next time I’m there.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Eva. I know what you mean: I passed by this garden/park until I saw the old cemetery mentioned online on berlin.de. It’s not a big park or cemetery, but it’s worth spending the time reading about the history from the displays at the entrance, and thinking about the people who remain here. Thanks for your comment; hope you all can get back to Berlin soon! 🙂

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  2. Erik Smith

    Cemeteries make great photo subjects. I’ve never felt guilty photographing them- I see it as me honoring the memories of those that are buried there by applying my art to it. Certainly they need to be handled in a sensitive way, but I always keep that first and foremost on my mind while there.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Erik. It’s taken me some time to overcome the feelings of guilt. As you’ve correctly stated, an approach with dignity and respect is most important at a cemetery; photography for me comes afterwards, especially if I see a gravestone or a marker whose image I want to capture. Thanks for your comment!

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  3. tammyonthemove

    Isn’t it strange how graveyards can be both spooky and beautiful at the same time? I was in a tiny English village once and to get to a pub I took a shortcut through a graveyard. It looked so stunning in the light. But when I walked through it again at night all those lovely Angel statues looked pretty scary all of the sudden. Never walked so fast in my life. 🙂

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Tammy. There’s a good reason why I prefer visiting cemeteries in the middle of a sunny day. Then again, cemeteries have a completely different “feel” on a bright sunny afternoon compared to the long dark shadows after the last light of the day has gone. I’ve not had a “strange” raised-hairs-at-the-back-of-the-neck feeling at any cemetery … well, not yet, anyway. Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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  4. digitalcosmonaut

    Great post Henry! Ive walked by this cemetery so many times and still never been inside.

    Ive had similar thoughts about taking photos in cemeteries, for some reason I always felt a tad uncomfortable taking pictures of peoples graves.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Georg, and thanks! A friend of mine whom I visited in Buenos Aires a couple of years ago quite rightly pointed out that we had taken a ton of shots in the famous Recoleta cemetery. It appears I’d been changing my mind a lot earlier than even my trip to the alter jüdischer Friedhof last autumn. 🙂 I’m respectful around cemeteries and memorials (and especially at the Stelefeld!), and I’ve changed my mind about making photographs, because if I make a photograph or if I make a memory, people or the memories of them never really go away. At least that’s how I like to think about it. 🙂 Thanks again, Georg, for reading and for your comment!

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  5. Pamela Sostheim

    My husband and I are trying to locate in which Jewish cemetery his parents are buried. Their names are Fritz and Margot Sostheim . They were buried in 1985. Can you please help us try to locate them? You may email me at :
    Bullydogpam@yahoo.com.
    Thank you!

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