The rich history of the 107-year-old Jewish cemetery, recorded on their website, is worth reading (www.mountcarmelcemetery.com). In addition to the Zweighaft ancestors, it is the final resting place of over 85,000 Jews, including the early 20th century writer Sholem Aleichem whose stories about Tevye the Dairyman were later adapted to create the play Fiddler on the Roof. More recently burials include the politician Bella Abzug.
The name of the Mt. Carmel cemetery was a source of confusion to me. Old family notes refer to the cemetery as Cypress Hills, Hungarian Union Fields section. Mt. Carmel Cemetery now encompasses five sections. The area where the Zweighaft mausoleum is located is called the 'Hungarian Society Section'. Today, Cypress Hills Cemetery is the name of a different cemetery entirely.
spouses, Blanche Saxe Zweighaft and Adolph Hirschberg
|Entry from scrapbook of Dr. James F.B.Zweighaft, son of Bernard and Blanche|
|Dr. Bernard Zweighaft|
|Simon and Sophia's crypts beneath stained glass window.|
|Crypts on right. Seymour London is above Jane. Empty on top.|
|Crypts on the left. Two empty crypts on top.|
As it is the only mausoleum in that area of the cemetery, it is an impressive sight, atop a small hill. (Plug these co-ordinates into Google maps and you'll clearly see the building on the right side of the circle containing a dumpster:
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