10 Interesting Facts About Ohlsdorf Cemetery

Ohlsdorf Cemetery Facts

  1. Ohlsdorf Cemetery is the biggest rural cemetery in the world and the fourth-largest cemetery in the world.
  2. Ohlsdorf Cemetery in the Ohlsdorf quarter of the city of Hamburg, Germany.
  3. In 1877, the Ohlsdorf Cemetery was established as a non-denominational and multi-regional burial site outside of Hamburg.
  4. During World War I over 400 Allied prisoners-of-war who died in German captivity were buried here, as well as sailors whose bodies had been washed ashore on the Frisian Islands.
  5. Part of the cemetery are three plots of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which were used as burial sites for British Commonwealth and Allied servicemen of both World Wars. There are more than 2473 identified casualties commemorated by the CWGC.
  6. The cemetery has an area of 391 hectares.
  7. Ohlsdorf Cemetery has 12 chapels, over 1.5 million burials in more than 280,000 burial sites and streets with a length of 17 km.
  8. Two hundred thirty gardeners take care of graves and all facilities.
  9. About 40% of all burials in Hamburg take place in Ohlsdorf Cemetery.
  10. Notable people buried at Ohlsdorf include the following: Helmut Zacharias (1920–2002), James Allen Ward (1919–1941), Herbert Weichmann (1896–1983), Gustav Hertz (1887–1975), Carl Hagenbeck (1844–1913), Neville Elliott-Cooper (1889–1918) & Wolfgang Borchert (1921–1947).
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10 Interesting Facts About Ohlsdorf Cemetery

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