According to local tradition the cemetery of the Jewish Community of Huerben was established in 1628 during the years of the Thirty Year’s War.
The cemetery is located at a forested area to the northwest of the center of Huerben. From the former Synagogue at today’s Synagogenstr. it is some 800 m sidewalk following the Badstr. And then up to the knoll where the cemetery lies in a picturesque and scenic landscape behind white washed walls. At a rough estimate it measures 60 to 40 meters (appr. 2400 square meters).
The oldest part of the cemetery was at the southwest were actually almost all grave markers are lost. Furthermore after the war the area was raised with the rubble and remains of the destroyed synagogue while lots of tombstones were robbed during the Nazi-German rule. So with the naked eye you may figure out a somewhat steep gradient within this quadrant.
When entering the cemetery in the front rows of the northern half there are some isolated small children’s grave stones. But the vast majority of the grave markers which aggregate to some 300 are left in the northwestern quadrant. None of them is before the 18th century and some are in quite good condition, while others are crumbling ore are mold-infested or afflicted by ivy. Several remnants of older tombstones (some with at least partial readable but grime-stained inscription) are leaned against the western wall. The overall upkeep of the cemetery however is quite good, especially if you will compare it to the state of the Jewish Cemetery of Kriegshaber.
Soon we will present several aspects of the cemetery, it’sinmates and the history of the Jewish community of Huerben.