The Northern Jewish Cemetery

The Northern Jewish Cemetery
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The survivors who died shortly after arriving in Stockholm were buried at the Northern Jewish Cemetery in Stockholm, directly next to the Swedish Jewish community.

Initially, the first people to die were buried in block K among the regular graves, in the graves that were next in line to be used; but just over a month after the boats started arriving, the Jewish community in Stockholm became aware of the extent of the tragedy and realised that more of the people liberated would die. That was why a decision was made to create a new block, block J, right next to the area where survivors had been buried until then. This new block was filled, row by row, with the liberated people who had died. A memorial to the people murdered during the Holocaust was erected in the new block in 1953. This memorial was designed by sculptor Margot Hedeman.

The survivors’ headstones are simple. They take the form of small, rectangular stones engraved with the person’s name, date of birth, date of death and country of birth. These graves may appear simple, but their symbolism is great. In Judaism, the grave is an important place, not just for whoever is buried there, but for the family and relatives as well. Jewish graves are eternal graves, an eternal monument to the person who lived, and hence an eternal monument for their family.

The Northern Jewish Cemetery
Most of the victims of the Holocaust have no graves. They are buried in unmarked graves, mass graves – or piles of ash. In many cases, therefore, the grave at the Northern Jewish Cemetery is more than just the grave of someone who survived the Holocaust. Sometimes, it could be the only grave representing an entire family, the only physical indicator that a family existed. Photo: Miranda Solvang, Swedish Holocaust Museum/SHM.

Each grave is both a physical memorial to a person and, symbolically, a grave for the entire family, a permanent memorial. A monument to the Jews that the Nazis wanted to erase from memory, from existence.

Mobil i förgrunden, i bakgrunden finns QR-kod intill Herbert Pinkus gravsten.
Next to Herbert Pinkus' gravestone is a QR code that leads to a text about Herbert's fate, which is published at the Swedish Holocaust Museum. Photo: Wilhelm Lagercrantz, Swedish Holocaust Museum/SHM.

Visit the Northern Jewish Cemetery

The Northern Jewish Cemetery can be visited on your own. Adress: Judiska kapellets väg 1–3, Solna. Here you will find the graves and next to each grave there is a QR code that gives you the opportunity to read more about the lives of the buried and their families, texts that are published here on the web site.

The Northern Jewish Cemetery is open every day 24 hours a day except Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Lia Stark

Lia was born in Sighet, today northern Romania. She was not even 17 when she and her family were deported to Auschwitz.


Rozsi Hirschl

Rozsi was living in Budapest with her husband Laszlo with their newborn daughter Edit when the Holocaust reached Hungary in 1944.

Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Rywka Posladek

Rywka was only 14 years old when war broke out in 1939 and her hometown of Łódź in Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany.

Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Margit Polgar

Margit was born on Christmas Day 1920 and grew up in what was then Czechoslovakia. In 1944 her family was deported to Auschwitz.

Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Czarna Ber

Czarna was 16 years old when Nazi troops captured her hometown of Łódź in September 1939.

Photo: Arolsen Archives

Gerte Lorie

Gerte grew up in Prage. She was 20 years old when the Nazis captured her hometown on March 15, 1939.

Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Herbert Pinkus

Herbert was born as the eldest son of Max and Johanna Pinkus in Dresden, Germany. In 1935, the Nürnberg Laws, were introduced,which would change his life forever.

Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Hertha Heyman

Hertha lived in Stettin, in what was then German Pomerania, with her husband and their sons when the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933.

Vittnesmålsblanket, Page of Testimony
Photo: Yad Vashem

Klara Schwarcz

Klara grew up in the town of Tokaj, in northeastern Hungary near the slovak boarder, where her father was a rabbi.

Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Sabina Krautwirt

Sabina grew up in Krakow, Poland, where the family ran a bakery. She was 25 years old when German troops marched into Krakow on September 6, 1939.

Top photo: The Northern Jewish Cemetery in Solna, Stockholm. Photo: Miranda Solvang, Swedish Holocaust Museum/SHM.