Südliche Weinstraßener Landkreis
Postal Code: 76889
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Birkenhördt is a village in the German state of Rheinland- Pfalz and located northwest of Karlsruhe - max. 1 hour by car. The biggest town closest to Birkenhördt is Bad Bergzabern. Follow the Hauptstraße through Birkenhördt in the direction of Dahn/Pirmasens. The cemetery is located in Sandstraße before you reach the sports grounds.
Up until 1826, most graves were still located beside the St. Gallus Church which is behind the car park in Rustelstraße. The present-day cemetery, which is owned by the village, was established in 1818 and extended eastwards in 1857. A special mortuary building was opened on the grounds of the cemetery in 1973.
The eldest of the graves in the cemetery dates from 1873; most graves are from 1900 to the present. The cemetery is well maintained and in excellent condition. The photos were taken by Andreas Drieß in 2004.
The re-use of grave plots in Germany is very common. You or your family rent the plot for a period of 20 to 25 years (the time period varies from state to state). When this time period is up, church or civil authorities approach your family or next of kin concerning a rental renewal. If you have no next of kin, they can’t be found or your relatives elect not to renew the rental, the plot is reallocated and re-used.
The inscription "Zum Gedenken" (In memory of) on gravestones indicates, in general, that the body of the individual in question is not actually buried in the grave. In the cases of soldiers, the body was either never recovered or was buried somewhere near the place where he was killed.
On many gravestones, an "Eisernes Kreuz" (German Iron Cross) - with or without the date of death - is used to show that the individual was a soldier either killed in
action (gef. = gefallen) or missing in action (verm. = vermisst).
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