Life ephemeral

All who venture to step through the small gate on Osterstraße enter a magical world in which time passes more slowly. The morbid beauty of historic graves and the enchanting atmosphere of the lagoon make Fischland’s cemetery a special place suspended between life and eternal rest. The cemetery was established in 1832 when Wustrow’s booming population outgrew the old cemetery in the centre of town. Walking through the grounds, visitors can recognise the original stone wall as well as the fences and hedges put in place after World War II.

Visitor are often drawn to the north side of the cemetery behind the chapel where two tombstone mounds and the oldest graves with weathered, barely legible inscriptions are located. The newer graves in the southern part of cemetery include the final resting places of Käthe Miethe and Gerhard Vetter. Glacial erratics with barely legible inscriptions are common. The high frequency of graves of seafarers and fishermen reflects Wustrow’s history. A cemetery map displayed at the chapel indicates the location of numbered graves and rows.
Der Fischländer Friedhof (2016) by Ulla Freitag recounts the stories behind Wustrow‘s graves and its cemetery. Ulla Freitag is a local resident who has collected this trove of information in painstaking and meticulous research. Photos and diverse documents reveal unique aspects of Fischland's history including personal recollections of days gone by, Wustrow's connection to the sea, and tales of local celebrities. Without Freitag‘s efforts, much of this cultural heritage would have been lost forever.
The book includes a map of the cemetery by Jürgen Pieplow.

Der "Fischländer Friedhof" is available in German for € 22 at the Wustrow Tourismus Information Centre.

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