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Jewish Cemetery in France Goes Digital

A French historical association plans to turn a graveyard near Strasbourg into France’s first “interactive Jewish cemetery.”
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 12/16/2012, 10:22 PM

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A French historical association plans to turn a graveyard near Strasbourg into France’s first “interactive Jewish cemetery,” The Forward reported.

The Com’Est association said visitors would soon be able "to scan barcodes" at a computer terminal next to the Judengarten Jewish cemetery at the town of Mackenheim, allowing them to access a database containing historical facts about each person buried in the cemetery.

Judengarten is one of oldest Jewish cemeteries of the Alsace region in eastern France and has graves dating back to 1669, according to the local L’Alsace newspaper.

Professor Gil Huttenmeister, a historian at Universite de Tubingen, has researched and translated around 400 headstones, L’Alsace reported last week, according to The Forward.