The focus of the commission has been the documentation of Jewish cemeteries in Hesse. Since 1981, old and historically important cemeteries have been researched, the grave stones photographed, inscriptions copied and translated, and supplemented with genealogical information from other sources including death registries of the 19th century. Maps have been designed for some of the larger sites. Richly illustrated books have been published about a few of the most important cemeteries.
Altogether 100 cemeteries with 20,000 gravestones from about 400 communities have been documented in this way.
Internet-Research: In order to make the results generally available they have been completely integrated into an online system run by the Hessian Institute for History, LAGIS. They have been supplemented by the data of smaller cemeteries, which had been reliably processed by third parties. The process is ongoing.
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