Jacques Joseph‘s Grave Re-Erected

On 17th October 2004, at the Jewish Cemetery in Berlin-Weissensee, Jacques Joseph‘s gravestone was consecrated on the occasion of the re-erection of his tomb which had been destroyed during the second World War. Jacques Joseph was one of the founders of modern nasal plastic surgery and leading pioneer in facial plastic surgery. The unveiling and consecration of the stone was conducted by the eminent rabbi Dr. Andreas Nachama in the presence of some 70 guests from home and abroad. Thus, Jacques Joseph was paid the respect which was denied him at his death. The re-erection of the tomb was made possible thanks to donations from many private persons and professional associations throughout the world – American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery; Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie; Norddeutsche Gesellschaft fuer Otorhinolaryngologie und zervikofaziale Chirurgie; Oto-Laryngologische Gesellschaft zu Berlin; Vereinigung der Westdeutschen Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Aerzte von 1897.

The stone reflects the eventful history of the grave: on the front is the new inscription on polished Swedish granite. The back of the stone has been left just as it was when it was found last year by Professor W. Briedigkeit: Broken, overgrown, damaged, with fragments of inscription. It has been proposed to the Senate that the tomb receives recognition as an official Berlin memorial.

Prof. Dr. med. Hans Behrbohm