This cemetery, created in 1920, is one of a kind as it straddles two countries, along the Swiss-French border. With entrances in both countries, the funeral center and prayer hall are in Switzerland while all burial grounds and plots are in France (visitors and family normally arrive and park on the Swiss side).
It is legally and administratively under both countries, the Canton of Geneva / municipality of Veyrier and the French department of Haute-Savoie and municipality of Étrembières.
This unique geographic location also had a significant role during the Second World War. It allowed many Jewish people to escape Nazi extermination by passing through this special border crossing.
Comprising some 3,300 graves, it is the biggest Jewish cemetery in the greater trans-border region.
It is noteworthy for both its prayer hall, built by the architect Julien Flegnheimer (also known for Geneva’s Cornavin Main Rail Station and the Palais des Nations Unis) and Genesis “dalle de verre” (artwork of artist Régine Heïm), one of the biggest “dalle de verre” stained glass windows in the world.