Jewish Cemetery

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Jewish Cemetery

1st Ave
Keetmanshoop, ǁKaras, Namibia
Memorials 24 added (100% photographed)

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This is a walled cemetery with an iron entrance gate. The walls are of masonry construction and in the initial stages of decay. The graves are poorly maintained and many have experienced vandalism as seen in the photos. There are several infants grave sites that are poorly marked, and several graves that are un-marked or possibly never used.

Located in a quiet area of Keetmanshoop on the east side of town and adjacent to the two-lane paved road running to Lüderitz, the Atlantic Ocean coast to the west, and to the national capital city Windhoek to the north is this Jewish cemetery established in the first part of the twentieth century. At one time this area was farm land where cattle also grazed, and nearby was Tseiblaagte, a black township. The Jewish cemetery was thereby located in between the black and white areas of town. Today the entrance to the cemetery is across the street from an assortment of religious, commercial, and institutional buildings. Other sides of the small burial ground contain barren land and other cemeteries.

The cemetery is surrounded by a low wall, and at its entrance are two masonry posts supporting a metal gate. The majority of tombstones, a few dozen in numbers and not filling the small cemetery space, date from the early twentieth century through the 1960s. Most of those that were buried here were Jews of German origin. The cemetery property, without any shade trees and shrubs and covered with only parched grass, could be described as stark and not particularly inviting. Yet much of Namibia is harsh desert land, so such an aesthetic could be considered keeping with its natural character and sense of place.


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GPS Coordinates: -26.58202, 18.14147

  • Added: 7 Oct 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2624564