Memorial Site in Berlin

On the state-owned park cemetery Neukölln Buckower Damm 148, 12349 Berlin a memorial site for Jemal  Nebez has been established with the permission of the cemetery administration and the approval of the Senate of Berlin. One requirement on the part of cemetery administration was a waiver of the right to have any more coffin burials on this privileged site, The right to prolong the tenure of the site, however, remains. In 1919 additional permission was given to erect a memorial in the middle of the site which was done early in December 2021.

In consultation with the cemetery administration minor changes to the memorial site are always possible. The hope is that there will one day be a cemetery park bench near the memorial.

Review of the memorial meeting on December 4th

December is important for the Jemal Nebez Foundation as the birthday and the departure day of our namesake early in December are only a few days apart.

This year, between these two days, on December 4th, we inaugurated the memorial site for Jemal Nebez at Parkfriedhof Neukölln, now  with a newly erected memorial stone in the middle.  

We were lucky it wasn't raining! But cold it was. Many heartwarming memories of Jemal Nebez were exchanged and  hot beverages offered.

Here is a selection of photos that roughly show the process of the memorial hour. The two group photos - with friends - in front of and behind the memorial stone - were last taken.

Gravesite in Sileymani

The burial place of Jemal Nebez is in his hometown, Sileymani, in Southern Kurdistan.

Jemal deposited a notarized will at the District Court of Berlin Charlottenburg, in which he made his life partner, now the chair of the Jemal Nebez Foundation, Dr. Hannelore Küchler, his sole heir.

They granted each other general power of attorney beyond death.

Jemal left no other instructions as to what should happen after his death, or where and how he wanted to be buried, so she decided that his mortal remains should be transferred to Southern Kurdistan, which was done on the 12 th of December, 2018 on a direct flight from Berlin to Hewler (Erbil).

There, his sister, Ms Nimat Towfiq Mahmud took charge of the coffin and arranged the burial at a prominent location in a busy part of Sileymani. Before, at Hewler (Erbil) airport, the deceased was given a dignified welcome, in the presence of his family, friends and followers, as well as representatives of the KRG (Kurdish Regional Government).