**Under German law, families lease grave sites for a specific period of time, usually from 15 to 30 years. And, if a family is unable or unavailable to renew the lease, the grave’s contents are removed, if there is anything left to remove, and the grave site reverts to state ownership so that it may be reused. Every community in Germany sets the cost and time lengths of a burial site.
**German cemeteries are relatively small, especially compared to every other European country and to cemeteries in North America. One reason is that most Germans are cremated; but another reason is the fact that in Germany, grave sites are wisely recycled; the use of plain wooden caskets, rather than the elaborate and heavy wood and metal caskets used in North America, allows a faster decomposition of the casket and its contents. This permits, over the years/centuries, many burials to be performed at the same grave location.
**In 1968 Weiler’s district council decided to add an extension to the cemetery in order to make room for a new cemetery chapel, as well as to erect a new monument to pay tribute to the local victims of both world wars.
**The names of the fallen are commemorated on six large bronze plaques. Each of the colourful stained glass windows of the chapel depict biblical signs and symbols.
(Information is from the 1986 published book, written in German by Gustav Bauer of Weiler: "Weiler an der Pfinz-Ein- Dorf zwischen Baden und Schwaben".['Weiler in the Pfinz-A village between Baden and Schwaben']
- Added: 7 Oct 2017
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