Postal Code: 10965
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AKA Landeseigener Standortfriedhof Lilienthalstrasse
Phone: (030) 6809-4363
In 1938 a small cemetery was established in then Berlin-Rixdorf, located at Lilienthalstrasse. Then by 1942 this area of Berlin had already been hard hit by allied air strikes and the city ran out of burial space for all the civilian and military victims of World War II. The administration decided to designate an area of 20 acres, taken from the Volkspark (City Park) Hasenheide, and added it to this city owned ("landeseigen") cemetery. The newly established Standortfriedhof Lilienthalstrasse quickly saw hundreds of burials in mass graves and civilian war grave areas (found throughout sections A through P). There are also several mass graves with the names of people who died during the last days of World War II and 416 bodies of unknown people.
This cemetery is now one of the largest grave yards (98,397 square meters = 24.3 acres) in Berlin.
Unlike American cemeteries, due to lack of space, the "final" resting places in Germany are not eternal. The plots are usually leased (subscribed to) for a certain period of time (15-25 years). After that it depends on the descendants (or the community if it's a famous person) to finance another period of 15-25 years. If no family is left, and the grave is old, the plot is cleaned and will be used for another burial. The cemetery administration alerts the family of the deceased about the pending leveling by a small sticker on the gravestone or plot.
War graves are considered memorials and are eternal.