Cimitero Ebraico Beth Haim

Cimitero Ebraico Beth Haim, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Cimitero Ebraico Beth Haim
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FlyingDutchman_12
Kelowna, Canada316 contributions
Historical Portuguese Jewish Cemetery
Sep 2019
A good bike trip from Amsterdam (you can stop at the Kalfje for lunch, smoked eel!).

Mysterious, seemingly neglected, large and swampy which causes some coffins to sink over the centuries, with fascinating tours available.
Written 19 September 2019
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werdlerswereld
Amsterdam, The Netherlands888 contributions
Not a true tourist attraction, but a very interesting placee to visit
Jun 2017 • Family
Check opening times before you travel, but Beth Haim is worth a visit. One of the oldest jewish cemeteries in western Europe, some very remarkable tombstones and its relevance for Amsterdam history cannot be denied
Written 16 July 2017
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Solodam J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands34,061 contributions
Old Jewish Cemetery
Aug 2016 • Couples
This old cemetery has a history. This place is a little bit far from the Amsterdam City Centre. The location is near the Amstel river. I saw the graveyard self is a bit neglected but perhaps they just let the grass grow wild so that it will give you a deep impression. This attraction is not for a common tourist. But when you're interested in the Jewish history of Amsterdam, you´d better take a bike from the city centre and follow the Amstel river to Oudekerk aan de Amstel. Along the riverbank you will find boards with all the history of those places. There are tombstones of famous jewish people here.
Written 6 February 2017
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Berry W
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An amazing tour.
Jul 2016
This is *not* a show-up-and-walk-around place, please do not go there without letting them know you're coming. My wife arranged (weeks before) to see if she could find the graves of some ancestors, and we were met at the gate. The tour we were given was above and beyond any possible expectation. The history of this place, and these people, is captivating. If you have any interest in the history of the Portuguese Jews, consider contacting Beth Haim for a visit (also consider a donation to help with its upkeep).
Written 10 July 2016
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dancing-freak
Tel Aviv, Israel1,225 contributions
A Centuries Old Historical Cemetery with Personal Nostalgia outside Amsterdam
Nov 2014 • Couples
Long after the expulsion of 1497 Sephardi Jews started burying their dead in a cemetery of their own in the early 17th century in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. There they bought a piece of land adjacent to the river Amstel.
There are close to 30000 graves, but many can not be seen anymore. Those graves sunk below the surface of this marshy land, some to a depth of 2 to 3 meters, or 6 to 9 feet. As the caretaker told me, new graves may be dug over these old ones, as space for digging new graves is running out.
The tombstones of many graves carry the names of famous people, but there are also tombstones to commemorate family members who did not return from the inferno of the Second World War.
In contrast to the graves of Ashkenazi Jews, who's tombstones, according to local custom, stand at the head of the graves, here they lie on the graves, see pictures.
During the first summer of the Second World War in The Netherlands, when Jews still had certain freedom of movement, some dared to go over to this cemetery to bask in the sun on warm days and enjoy the feeling of freedom without fear of arrest by the Germans. My father, who survived the war, told me that he was one of them.
I added one picture of the stones of Raphael and Judith Pais, my maternal grandparents.
As Cohanim, the Jewish priests, are not allowed to come close to the dead, the lanes between the burial plots are hedged with thick scrubs that form a barrier.
Written 11 July 2015
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TedinAppleton
Appleton, WI176 contributions
Serious Cemetery Viewing
May 2015 • Couples
This small Jewish cemetery was started in the early 1600's and boasts many famous people buried there including the parents of Spinoza and friends of Rembrandt and many more. The graves are typical of Sephardic Jews from Iberia, with Spanish and Portuguese names. The cemetery has a mix of richly carved marble grave stones (Lying flat) as well as older, weathered limestone. This place is in consideration as a World Heritage Site.
Written 17 May 2015
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