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|May 13th and 14th|
My Oma and Great Aunt Susie had told me that my ancestors were buried in the Jewish cemetery in Twistringen. So I got online and went to www.bahn.de, and found out that there is a train which runs from Bremen to Twistringen. So on May 13 (Mother's Day) I got on a train and rode into Bremen. From there I took the train to Twistringen, which was a great train ride. The fields were full of these yellow flowers which are used to make mustard and oil, and the aroma on the train was wonderful!
I got off the train in Twistringen, which is quite a small town (around 30,000 people), and started walking. I found a tankstelle (gas station) where I stopped and asked a couple of nice girls where the Jewish Friedhof was. They called a friend who gave me these directions.
Go to the end of the street, turn right. Go two stop lights further, take a left. Go three rights further, take a right. Take the street all the way around. Then there will be a forest and a crossing in the road on the right. On the left will be the cemetery.
So I started walking. And just when I was absolutely sure I was lost (about an hour later), I happened across the cemetery.
To sit in the place of your lineage is a powerful and wonderful experience. I hope that everyone gets that opportunity in their lifetime!
These are the fields of wonderful flowers I am telling you about in my letter Brittany!
The second day that I went, I found a map in the city. The cemetery is circled. Hope this helps any future visitors.
The town of Twistringen
The cemetery sits in the middle of this cluster of trees after you walk up a long dirt road.
The cemetery is like something out of a movie. It sits in the middle of a wood and is a really peaceful place. I really enjoyed my time here. I took pictures of the graves...you'll see a couple that I spent a while with cleaning the name, and it's a lot easier to see than the others. I spent two days here, since it was free for me to go from Oldenburg to Twistringen with my semester ticket. It was a truly wonderful day!
This map below is clickable. When you click a number (11-33), it will take you to the picture of that headstone, and an explanation of it if it was possible for me to read the headstone.
11 These two headstones were too worn to read. The one on the right actually looked like it might have been desecrated by someone somewhere along the way.
12 It is unclear as to whether these graves were really Russians or not. The one on the right looks to still be empty, even though the rock says "Drei Russische Kriegsgefangne" (Three Russian Prisoners of War). My Oma told me that it is quite likely that these were Russian prisoners buried in a Jewish cemetery, since the Russians wouldn't have been buried alongside the Germans in their cemeteries.
13 Three Russian prisoners of war.
14 This is the plot where we think my great great grandparents are buried, though it is unclear exactly because the headstones have been removed, presumably by the Nazis. (The headstones on the left and right.) The one in the middle is the next headstone.
15 This one was very difficult to read. It had sunken into the ground considerably, and was written in Hebrew and the old style of German, both of which I don't read. All I could make out was Ruhestadt M---- A----
16 Looking at the plot where Meyer J Goldschmidt is buried (back), and where #18 is buried (front).
17 The opposite side of Meyer J Goldschmidt's grave. (#19) Most of the headstone has been broken off.
Frau M------ Scholz
ges. (Gestorben-died) 3. Jan. 1844
geh. (geheiratet-married) 18. Aug. 1835
|If anyone can make out anymore of this headstone, please email it to me.|
|"Hier Ruht unser geliebter Vater
Meyer J Goldschmidt
geb. 10 Mai 1848
gest. 19 Feb 1921"
|Most of the headstone has been broken off.|
unseres lieben Vaters
Joseph Meier Goldschmidt
geb. d. 9. Maerz 1870.
gst. d. 7. Mai 1877.
Mit gedenken der.......
in unserer Dankbarkeit"
|(If anyone can read more of what it says on the bottom part of this--partially worn--please let me know.)|
|This one has been worn and broken off. Was too difficult to read.|
|"Hier ruht in Gott
geb. 5. Mai 1822
gest. 24. Juni 1902"
geb. d. 9. April 1816.
gest. d. 18. Febr. 1897.
Presumably, whoever Helene was married to was buried here. However, the headstone has been broken off.
ruht in Gott
geb. d. 27 Januar
gest. d. 6. Januar
gest. 2. Juli 1872
im Alter von 92 Jahrer.
|Impossible to tell whose grave stone this was. It has been completely removed.|
|Hier ruht in Gott
(Verhittnete--perhaps a Platt Deutsch word for Verheiratet meaning married or something to do with being divorced???) Rosenthal
gestorben d. 12ten Februar
1876 im Alter von 63 Jahren
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|Hier ruht in Gott
gest. 20. Januar 1869
im Alter von 68 Jahren
geb. d. 24 Novb.
gest d. 29 Januar
|Bernhard was only 3 years old.|
geb 19 Januar 1753
gest 31 Mai 1839.
|One of the (perhaps the) oldest headstone in the cemetery.|
Mein 1. Mann
unser guter Vater
Meyeer H. Goldschmidt
geb. 1. Sept 1843
gest 13 Sept 1901.
unsere gute Mutter
geb. 25. Juni 1846
gest. 2. Maerz 1908
Theresa Meyer Goldschmidt
It was really a wonderful couple of days, and was an honor to get to experience a place of such peacefulness and tranquility.
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