Memory Loss

Zentralfriedhof [Central Cemetery], Vienna, Old Jewish Section: Tomb of Leopold & Karoline Hutter

With Vienna’s once large Jewish community evicted or killed in the Holocaust, most of the tombs in the Old Jewish Section of the Zentralfriedhof are, so to say, orphaned, and there is no one left to tend to the graves and remember the dead. The way the letters have come off of this particular headstone, leaving only fragments of the names and dates legible, seems to epitomise the sense of abandonment prevailing in this part of the cemetery…

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