Today, for the first time, during a bike tour we were able to enter Bogota's German Cemetery , the German Cemetery .
Cemetery administrator Gonzalo.The German Cemetery is located on the south side of 16th Street, just west of the Children's Cemetery and two blocks west of the > Central Cemetery and the British Cemetery .
Gonzalo , who administers the German Cemetery, which opened in 1912 and is still active. It contains about 500 tombs and has capacity for another 500.
Asian and European immigrants did not flood into Colombia as they did in more southern South American nations with more temperate climates. But immigrants, including Germans, have contributed a lot to Colombia's history and economy.
German immigrants played important roles in exploration, aviation, jewelry, manufacturing and business, among other areas, administrator Gonzalo said. In fact, Colombia's first airline - and one of the first in the world - was the Colombian-German Air Transport Society, founded in 1919. The company eventually evolved into Avianca , today Colombia's largest airline. Gerard Reichel-Dolmatoff , who traveled up the Magdalena River in 1800. Another was anthropologist Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff , who fled Hitler's fascism and did pioneering research on Colombia's indigenous peoples and founded the Department of Anthropology of the University of the Andes, the first such department in Colombia.
German immigrants have also played important roles in the fabrics, coffee and banking businesses.
Colombia's most famous German immigrant is probably Leo Siegfried Kopp , a German Jew who founded the Bavaria Beer Company and has become a popular saint in Bogotá's Central Cemetery.
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Asking for the favor of the tomb of Leo Kopp in the Central Cemetery.
Colombia was also affected by the dark side of German history - fascism and the Holocaust. Colombia backed the Allies during the Second World War , when some German nationals lost their property and were either deported or sequestered in a hotel in the tropics. A small number of Jews fleeing Nazi settled in Colombia, and a few Nazi war criminals came here. But their numbers were tiny compared to those who emigrated to nations like Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
This headstone carries a cross, but the name sounds Jewish.Returning to the cemetery, like the British Cemetery, the German Cemetery is a peaceful, green oasis in the heart of the city. Not all those buried there are from Germany, or even of German descent. We saw headstones with Polish surnames and at least one apparently Jewish-German name. (On the other hand, the Central Cemetery contains many German surnames.) Perhaps those buried in the German cemetery are Protestants, since the tombs' style is much more plain and austere. Or, maybe those buried there simply felt more affinity for their German heritage.
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See also: Germans in Latin America .
Friede (Peace); The entrance to Bogota's German Cemetery.
The pair of hammers means the man was a geologist.
A coat of arms on a headstone.By Mike Ceaser, of