The Jewish cemetery was founded in 1856, and served as the burial ground for the Jewish community until 1942. In 1988, it was opened to visitors as the Museum of Sepulchral Art. In 1991, it was made a branch of the Historical Museum, and since 2000 has been a division of the Wroclaw Municipal Museum.
The Cemetery is a unique complex of sepulchral sculpture and small-scale architecture, including monuments such as steles, columns, obelisks, stone tree trunks and tombs as well as structures such as chapels and mausolea, burial chambers in the form of porticoes, canopies, portals and the like. Many distinguished individuals were buried here, among them Ferdinand Lasalle (1825-1864), prominent theoretician of socialism and founder of Germany's first workers' party; Heinrich Graetz (1817-1891), founder of the famous historical school; Ferdinand Cohn (1828-1898), the world-famous botanist who collaborated with Robert Koch; Hermann Cohn (1836-1906), the distinguished optician; Leopold Auerbach (1828-1897), the world-famous biologist; Friederike Kempner (1828-1904), the well-known Silesian poet; and Augusta and Siegfried Stein, the parents of Edith Stein, known since 1998 as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Permanent exhibition: "The Wroclaw Jews: 1850-1944" (photographs).
Muzeum Sztuki Cmentarnej
Stary Cmentarz Żydowski
ul. Ślężna 37/39
Phone: (+48 71) 791 59 04, 791 59 03
Email: [email protected]