By its 42 ha expanse the cemetery Weissensee is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe. At the beginning it has been concepted as a supplementary burial place to the Jewish cemetery in Schönhauser Allee. The Jewish tradition prescribes that graves should not been reused and should remain untouched funerals until the Last Jugement.
The architect Hugo Licht (1841-1923) devolopped the plans for the structure and most of the buildings of the cemetery. The mourning hall from yellow sandstone is a remarkable monument.
The graves are structured as 120 grid-like fields in geometrical forms of triangles, rectangles and trapezes.
A lot of known personnalities are buried on the cemetery among them the publisher Samuel Fischer, the cigarette fabricant Josef Garbáty, the social policy maker and publisher Max Hirsch, the children’s book writer Else Ury, the writer Stefan Heym, the componiste and choirmaster Louis Levandowski, computer pionier and social critic Joseph Weizenbaum, the writer and social worker Lina Morgenstern also known as „Suppen-Lina“.