Postal Code: 76891
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Bobenthal is a small village (population: approx. 316) in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz located very near to the French border and northwest of Karlsruhe. The biggest town closest to Bobenthal is Bad Bergzabern.
The cemetery is located in the village. The eldest of the graves in the cemetery dates from 1887. The cemetery is well maintained and in excellent condition. Cemetery photos 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).