18 April 2019 Published in Events

Houses of Life: Horb‘s Jewish Cemeteries—Death and Mourning in Judaism

The Jewish cemetery of Mühringen
The Jewish cemetery of Mühringen
Type: Exhibition
Date: February 17 – July 28, 2019
Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Jewish Prayer Room Museum

What is sitting shiva? What does a chevra kaddisha do? What is jahrzeit? And where exactly are the six Jewish cemeteries of Horb located? The latest exhibition in the Jewisher Prayer Room Museum in Horb will answer these and many more questions.

Horb’s six Jewish burial grounds (in Mühringen, Rexingen, Mühlen, Nordstetten, Dettensee, and Horb itself) are each represented. Panels tell their histories and show photos of the cemeteries themselves as well as specific tombstones.

Other panels describe how Jewish burials took place in Rexingen in the 1920s and 1930s. Moreover, there are objects such as the handwritten 1880 testament of Mathilde Perlen from Mühringen and the last entries into the Rexingen register of graves from 1942.

Other objects such as stolen and returned tombstones as well as shards from vandalized gravestones tell their own sad stories about the desecration of these cemeteries during the Nazi era. Many photos, documents, and artifacts serve as reminders of a world gone by in which children, old people, and the sick usually died surrounded by family and were buried with the whole community expressing their condolences.

There are also panels on death, burial, and mourning in Judaism in general that will enlighten the visitors about how dying persons are tended to, how their burial is prepared and conducted, and which phases of mourning their relatives undergo. Finally, a series of black and white photographs highlights symbols on select gravestones from the Rexingen cemetery.


Admission: free
Address: Horb, Fürstabt-Gerbert-Str. 2, 72160 Horb am Neckar