Mendelssohn, Joseph

BORN 11 Aug 1770, Berlin - DIED 24 Nov 1848, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Jüdischer Friedhof in Prenzlauer Berg, Schönhauser Allee 23-25 (Feld W3)

Joseph Mendelssohn was the oldest son of Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) and his wife Fromet Guggenheim (1737-1812). The author Joseph Engel contributed to his education. In 1792 he was a co-founder of the Gesellschaft der Freunde, an association of Jewish bachelors. In 1795 he started his own bank. His brother Abraham joined him in 1804.

He bought a palace in Horchheim, Koblenz in 1818 and around 1830 a garden and a tea house were added by Johann Claudius von Lassaulx. There he was visited, amongst others, by Alexander Humboldt and by his nephew Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Afer his death in Berlin in 1848 he was buried at the Jewish cemetery in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.

• Son: Mendelssohn, Alexander
• Son: Mendelssohn, Georg Benjamin


The grave of Alexander Mendelssohn and Joseph Mendelssohn at the Jüdischer Friedhof in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (11 Aug 2020)


• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
Joseph Mendelssohn – Wikipedia

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Published: 16 Jul 2023
Last update: 16 Jul 2023