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Mohawk Road Cemetery (Destroyed), Shanghai, China

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Date: 1862 [unknown]
Location: Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality, Chinamap
Surnames/tags: Asian_Cemeteries Shanghai Jewish_Cemeteries
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Cemetery name: Mohawk Road Cemetery AKA: Israel Cemetery, Hwange-Pe Lu Cemetery

Address: Originally Mohawk Road; now called North Huangpi Road and occupied by the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Tomorrow Square, Shanghai.

GPS Coordinates: 31.230595, 121.469934

Estimated Burials: 304 graves

Information: The Israel Cemetery was endowed in 1862 by David Sassoon.[1] and established as the first cemetery exclusively for Shanghai’s Jewish residents. Managed and operated by Sephardi Jews [2], it was used primarily by the Baghdadi and Russian Hebrew communities. It measured 2 Mou (.3295 acres) and reached a burial count of 304 graves.[1] before it was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. For this reason, all grave photos for this cemetery will be historical ones. It was not uncommon for graves of foreigners buried in China to be photographed. It was presumed that their loved ones would never get an opportunity to visit the grave, so after the stone was set, the ground settled and the landscaping complete, a photograph was a common occurrence.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shanghai’s Lost Foreigner Cemeteries by YangziMan, 14 November, 2013, accessed 13 Nov 2019 http://www.jewsofchina.org/shanghai’s-lost-foreigner-cemeteries
  2. When the Dead Go Marching In: Cemetery Relocation and Grave Migration in Modern Shanghai by Christian Henriot, From "The Chinese Deathscape: Grave Reform in Modern China" © 2019 Stanford University, accessed 13 Nov 2019 https://chinesedeathscape.supdigital.org/read/when-the-dead-go-marching-in




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