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Fischbach, Rheinland Pfalz, Germany
66996 Fischbach bei Dahn, Germany
Contributed by Recs Jenkins, Jun 01, 2009, last edited Jul 01, 2009 [email@example.com]. Total records = 1,010.
Fischbach is a small village (population 1606) in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz south of the the town of Dahn and close to the French border. Fischbach is located northwest of Karlsruhe, about an hour by car. The biggest towns closest to Fischbach are Pirmasens to the west and Bad Bargzabern to the east.
This cemetery is well maintained and in excellent condition.
The re-use of grave plots in Germany is very common. You or your family rent the plot for a period of 20 to 25 years (the time period varies from state to state). When this time period is up, church or civil authorities approach your family or next of kin concerning a rental renewal. If you have no next of kin, they can't be found or your relatives elect not to renew the rental, the plot is reallocated and re-used.
The inscription "Zum Gedenken" (In memory of) on gravestones indicates, in general, that the body of the individual in question is not actually buried in the grave. In the cases of soldiers, the body was either never recovered or it was buried somewhere near the place where he was killed.
On many gravestones, an "Eisernes Kreuz" (German Iron Cross) - with or without the date of death - is used to show that the individual was a soldier either killed in action (gef. = gefallen) or missing in action (verm. = vermisst).
Contains all visual burials from tombstone inscriptions, completed by myself and Andreas Driess on 05 Sep 2005. For further information, in German or English, please contact me at the above address.
- Recs Jenkins