I. Buildings Integral to the Former Life and/or Persecution of Jews in Hamburg - Neustadt/St. Pauli.
© Wilhelm Mosel, Deutsch-jüdische Gesellschaft Hamburg.
6. Rear of No. 24 Neuer Steinweg.
The gravestones of the former small Israelite cemetery in Neuer Steinweg existed until their destruction in the Second World War. The remains were exhumed agter the war in 1954, and transferred to the Jewish cemetery in Ohlsdorf.
The former cemetery in Neuer Steinweg originated at the time of the French occupation of Hamburg. Between 6. - 8.01.1814 all citizens unable to provision themselves for 6 months, including Jews, were expelled from the town before it was placed under siege. As the Jews could no longer take their dead to be buried in the Altona cemetery a small temporary cemetery was established in Neuer Steinweg at the rear of the "Hamburg" Synagogue. The "Hamburg" Synagogue was sold following the public opening of the Kohlhöfen synagogue in 1859, and no longer exists.
57 Jews were buried here. In the 1930s 18 gravestones still existed.
The graves, enclosed by a 3 metre high wooden fence, were situated in the courtyard at the rear of the former No. 75 Neuer Steinweg and accessed through the gateway of No. 74 Neuer Steinweg. At the beginning of the 1920s the remaining gravestones were already badly weathered or half submerged.
There were also Portuguese Jews buried in the cemetery, which was initially seen only as a provisional arrangement. In fact burials only took place here between January and May 1814.
There is no plaque or any other indication of the former cemetery, the "Hamburg Synagogue", or
the housing trust at Nos. 77/78 Neuer Steinweg. This housing trust was founded and opened in 1900
following the execution of the wills of the married couples Lazarus Samson Cohn and
Levy Joseph Levy. Today nothing remains of the former building which comprised 10 flats.
German text: Dipl.-Pol. Wilhelm Mosel, Deutsch-Jüdische Gesellschaft, Hamburg.