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A sensational find: 28 Jewish gravestone and fragments found in Austrian castle walls after 400 years

Renovations carried out early 2020 at Ebenfurth Castle, Austria, have revealed some 28 Jewish gravestones and gravestone fragments dating from the 17th century.

The oldest of the tombstones is dated to the Hebrew date of 8 Tevet 5383 (December 11, 1622) and belongs to Elieser, son of Abraham Mose, German for Moses.

Discovered in the foundations of the castle walls as renovations were carried out, the gravestones mark a stunning discovery of long lost remnants of the Jewish community. The wall was part of structural reinforcements to defend the city against the Ottoman Empire’s invasion of 1683.

Read an introduction to the discovery on the Austrian Jewish Museum (ÖJM) website here (German). They have also uploaded high-resolution images of the stones and fragments on their website, and have had them transcribed and translated, see https://www.ojm.at/blog/thema/ebenfurth/

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