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GENERAL

 

JewishGen Denmark Special Interest Group Page

Links to pages and photographs about Jewish cemeteries and other heritage sites in individual towns, as well as other resources on history and genealogy

 Danish-Jewish Funerals and Tombstones until 1886

A photo documentation, including old photos, of all the existing headstones for all known Jewish burials in Denmark up to 1886.

Danish Jewish Museum

The Royal Library Garden
Proviantpassagen 6
DK-1218 Copenhagen K
Tel: +45 33 112218
Fax: +45 33 112290
Email info@jewmus.dk

The Museum’s building was designed by Daniel Libeskind and opened to the public in June 2004. Its design rests on five concepts, corresponding to the five themes of the exhibition itself: Exodus /Arrival; Wilderness/Standpoints; the Giving of the Law/Traditions; Promised Lands; Mitzvah.

 

COPENHAGEN

 

Active Jewish community; Jewish museum; Synagogue; two Jewish cemeteries. Annual summer Jewish culture festival.

 

Jewish Community Web Site

 

Jewish Copenhagen (Tourist Board site)

 

Walking Tour of Jewish Copenhagen

 

Great Synagogue of Copenhagen

 

Designed by the German-born Danish  architect Gustav Friedrich Hetsch  (1788-1864) and completed in 1833, the synagogue, at Krystalgade 12, has a severe exterior but sumptuous sanctuary noted for  the massive framing of the Ark and the rows of gilded columns supporting the women’s gallery. Hetsch also designed Copenhagen’s Roman Catholic Saint Ansgar’s Cathedral.

 

Jewish Cemeteries

The Old, or Northern, Jewish Cemetery (Møllegade 12, 2200 at Nørrebro), was established in 1694.  It has more than 5,000 gravestones and is no longer in use. The tombstone of the first person buried there, David Israel, is the oldest Jewish tombstone in Denmark. The Jewish community opened the cemetery to the public in 2011 after years of restoration work. (It is is open between April 1 and October 1, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and guided tours are available.)

 

The New or Western Jewish Cemetery (at  Vestre Kirkegårds Alle 11, 2500 Valby) established in 1886, is still used by the community. It has an elaborate ceremonial hall dating to 1888 and designed by Frederik Levy, an important Danish-Jewish architect who trained in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and designed many buildings for the Jewish community, and two Holocaust memorials.

 

JewishGen Web Page on Copenhagen Jewish Cemeteries

 

This page links to photographs and a database of burials.

 

ELSEWHERE IN DENMARK

 

Aalborg – Jewish cemetery on Sct. Jorgensgade/Hasserisgade, established 1810

 

Aarhus – Jewish cemetery on Frederiks Alle, established 1824

 

Assens – Jewish cemetery on Kildebakken, established 1825

 

Faaborg – Jewish cemetery on Osterbrogade/Svendborgvej, established 1795

 

Fredericia – Jewish cemetery on Slesviggade, established in the late 17th century

 

The largest and oldest Jewish cemetery in Denmark outside of Copenhagen, it has some 550 burial plots. During the summer, exhibits on Jewish history are mounted in the former ceremonial hall.

 

The Fredericia Town Museum has a section on Jewish history

 

Jernbanegade 10
7000 Fredericia
Tel.: +45 72106980
Fax: +45 72106981

 

Horsens – Jewish cemetery on Frederiksgade, established 1850

 

Nakskov – Jewish cemetery on Jodevej, established c. 1700

 

Odense – Jewish cemetery on Vandvaerskvej/Kirkegardsalle, established 1825

 

Randers – Jewish cemetery on Ostervangsvej/Udbyhojvej, established 1807

 

Slagelse – Jewish cemetery on Parkvej I, established 1863