Postal Code: 12043
Phone: 030 / 627 09 720
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Old cemetery of the St. Jacobi-Congregation in Berlin-Neukölln. Founded in 1852. Also known as St.-Jacobi-Kirchhof I. The cemetery is situated on the bottom of the Rollberg, nestled between apartment buildings. The main entrance is at Karl-Marx-Strasse right next to the entrance to a subway station. The backside of the cemetery borders the Hermannstrasse. The area covers about 40,908 m˛ or 10.2 acres. The chapel was designed by Reinhold Kiehl between 1911 and 1912. Kiehl's honorary grave can also be found on this cemetery. There are many family plots along the Eastern wall of the cemetery, and also a small urne garden in the back.
The Friedhof II der St. Jacobi-Gemeinde (or New Cemetery) is located about 1.2 miles south at Hermannstrasse 99-105
Please note that the final resting places in Germany are not eternal, due to lack of space. This cemetery has a "period of repose" of 20 years. Once the time is up for a renewal of the "lease" the cemetery administration will place a small sticker on the gravestone to alert the family to contact the office of the cemetery. Unless the family of the deceased pays for another period of 20 years, or the grave is of historical importance (in that case the city of Berlin will carry the costs), it will be leveled and re-used. Leftover stones will be collected and eventually crushed and used as gravel in road construction.
Some of the older grave sites are still present, because they either have historic significance or the family continues to pay for the plots.