At our ancestor’s side

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In the exhibition “At Our Ancestor’s Side” the Jewish Museum in Stockholm described death and mourning in Judaism as well as the holy and voluntary work of the burial society, Chevra Kadisha.

Photogapher and copyright: Urban Orzolek

The exhibition presented a Jewish traditional home sometimes during the early 19th century, when the two first Jewish cemeteries in Stockholm, Aronsberg and Kronoberg were in use.

The major part of the exhibition “At Our Ancestor’s Side” described the two cemeteries Aronsberg and Kronoberg. The Jewish Museum in Stockholm was offered a unique opportunity to exhibit four preserved gravestones, before these were returned to the cemeteries.

Each gravestone is individually formed with a beautiful poetic tribute to the deceased. As the two cemeteries, Aronsberg and Kronoberg, are closed for the Swedish public it was a great pleasure for the Jewish Museum in Stockholm to present this significant and unique exhibition, “At Our Ancestor’s Side”.

Photogapher and copyright: Urban Orzolek

Yvonne Jacobsson
Director

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Aronsberg and Kronoberg

The cemeteries of Aronsberg and Kronoberg came to be used basically during the first 100 years of Jewish life in Stockholm. This was a period of dynamic change in the country, as well as among the Jews themselves. When the Jews began coming here, their civil rights were extremely limited, as well as the places where they were allowed to reside. When these cemeteries ceased to be used, the Jews had gradually gained their full civil rights. In spite of their small numbers, some 800 souls in 1870, the Jewish community built The Great Synagogue, and bought land for a new cemetery. The Jews had made their mark in Swedish society, within the fields of industry, commerce, craftsmanship and culture.

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Pictures from the exhibition

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