|Berliner Strasse 13|
Postal Code: 98617
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Meiningen's Gottesacker (old German name for Lord's Pasture) became too small as a burial ground in the early 19th century. That lead to the creation of this park-like cemetery. The area was prepared, trees planted, and roads laid between 1835 and 1838. Finally the Parkfriedhof Meiningen was opened on August 12, 1841. About 30 years later, in 1870, a small area of this park was designated as the Jewish Cemetery of Meiningen. In 1885 the Chapel was built. A crematorium was added in 1911/12.
In 1944 the last burial took place in the Jewish section of the cemetery. During an air raid on February 23, 1945 large portions of the cemetery, the chapel and the crematorium were distroyed. The cemetery has a size of about 25 acres.
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 Meiningen 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. War graves are considered memorials and are eternal.
Some nobles of the House of Sachsen-Meiningen are buried in this cemetery as well as in the Schlosskirche Elisabethenburg.