The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery is the largest of its kind in Europe, covering over 40 hectares (100 acres) of land. It was initially established in 1878 due to overcrowding at the other Berlin cemeteries.
It was left relatively unscathed during World War 2, with only around 400 of the graves destroyed by Allied bombing. However during the years after the war, the cemetery was neglected, mainly due to the fact that most of the Jewish community were either killed in the holocaust or fled to other countries.
The graves here range from simple to simply extravagant, with those of some of the richer residents resembling temples. More than 100,000 people are buried here, with poorer people generally buried in the center and the more wealthy around the outskirts. As such, the more impressive graves are near the entrance and the edges of the site.
Near the entrance is a memorial to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis, as well as to the Jews who served in World War I.
The cemetery is located in the north east suburbs of Berlin, and is open daily except on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.
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