Jewish Memorial Nienburg

The cemetery was used between 1694 and 1950 for the Jewish residents of Nienburg and the surrounding area. To the right of the entrance the remains of a cemetery building (built 1887) have been designated as a memorial area. Two plaques are attached to the east wall. That on the left reads:

‘Earth does not cover my blood and my mourning has no resting place.' Job 16.18

To commemorate the 58 Jewish citizens who lived in Nienburg until 1959. 34 people had to leave the city and their land and 24 people were deported. Dedicated by the city of Nienburg.’

On the right is a grey stone plaque with gothic letters in low relief that has suffered badly from weathering. It originally stood in the entrance to the Nienburg synagogue until the destruction of that building in November 1938. When it was demolished a local stonemason rescued the plaque and preserved it in his workshop until returning it to the city council after the war. The city elected to establish a memorial to the Jewish victims of WW2 in the Jewish cemetery and place the WW1 memorial beside it. The plaque commemorates the members of the Nienburg synagogue who died in the First World War.

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  • Text: Andy Pegler
  • Photos: Andy Pegler