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Secret Cemetary

The Jewish Cemetary

Not far from the central old town of Trier is the Jewish cemetary where, it is said, Karl Marx's grandparents are buried. But it's a secret cemetary. There is no entrance, and the concrete walls surrounding it have been increased in height such that you'd never even know it was there. Except, that is, from the courtyard of one residential house, where the wall is low and you can look in. A secret peek at a secret cemetary.

Nicht weit von der Trierer Altstadt entfernt ist der jüdische Friedhof, wo angeblich die Großeltern von Karl Marx begraben sind. Er ist allerdings ein geheimer Friedhof. Es gibt keinen Eingang und die Betonmauer drumherum sind vergrößert worden, so daß keiner ahnen würde, es steht ein Friendhof dahinter. Es gibt eine Ausnahme: der Hof eines Mehrfamilienhauses, wo die Mauer niedrig ist und man reinschauen kann. Ein geheimer Blick in einen geheimen Friedhof.


Tuesday, 25 April, 2006 - Posted by | Views and landscapes


  1. Welcome to the daily photo community and greetings from Greenville, SC (USA). Very good first photo and explanation.

    Comment by Denton | Tuesday, 25 April, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hi New Zealander,
    you found a really interesting place in my old hometown. Most people do not recognize it. The cemetery was built around 1650. At this time, it was situated far outside the city.
    It was used by the jewish community until the 1920’s. After that time, the jews moved their cemetery to the municipal cemetery in the north of the city. I’m not sure if Karl Marx’ parents are buried in the Weidegasse, but his grandfather, Mr. Mordechai Halevi, who was the Rabbi of Trier until he died in 1804, lies there.
    It is still a miracle for me, that the place was not devastated in the 30’s and 40’s. There is an interesting book about the cemetery, I forgot the title, but the author is Anette Haller. She described and translated the inscriptions on the graves. For this project, gravestones sunken in the earth were dug out and put in the earth again when the project was finished.
    By the way: Before the 16th ct., the jewish cemtery was in the Jüdemerstraße, between the Viehmarkt an the Antoniuskirche. The name Jüdemerstraße comes from the latin “ad juxta mura” meaning “at the jewish wall”. But nothing is left of it.
    Hope, you`ll find more such places,
    Good luck with your blog,

    Comment by Ernst | Tuesday, 25 April, 2006 | Reply

  3. Very mysterious cemetary! Like the atmosphere of your shot, like a scene from a scary movie.

    Comment by midnitebara | Tuesday, 25 April, 2006 | Reply

  4. Thank you all for the welcome, the feedback and the extra info. To Ernst in particular, thanks for the low-down on the cemetary. Fascinating stuff. I know the Jüdemergasse. It’s a great spot. Watch for a photo of that soon.

    Comment by wahltrierer | Wednesday, 26 April, 2006 | Reply

  5. I am just wondering WHY it is secret nowadays?

    Comment by Sally | Friday, 28 April, 2006 | Reply

  6. Hallo Wahltrier,
    danke für die schönen Bilder von Trier. Das Bild das den jüdischen Friedhof zeigt hat mir am Besten gefallen.

    Gruß Marc

    Comment by Marc Bastian | Sunday, 1 October, 2006 | Reply

  7. trying to getGerhard Studemann grave in the city of Trier, in the Alemanha,
    he died on Dec. 6th 1998
    please let me know what this would cost.
    it is for his children Gary (Gerhard Katz) and Inga (Deborah Katz) who live in New Jersey.

    Comment by joe dupont | Saturday, 30 December, 2006 | Reply

  8. Great view into that cemetery. I like the atmosphere in those old Jewish graveyards. I know a very old and (almost) secret one in Cologne, too.

    Comment by April | Saturday, 21 July, 2007 | Reply

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