Blankenborn Südliche Weinstraßener Landkreis Rheinland-Pfalz Germany Postal Code: 76889
Cemetery notes and/or description:
Blankenborn 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 Blankenborn is Bad Bergzabern.
The eldest of the present graves in the cemetery dates from 1905. The cemetery is well maintained and in good condition. Cemetery pphotos were taken by Andreas Drieß.
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).