Hildegard Trabant was murdered by the East German border police (namely, Kurt Renner) on August 18, 1964, and buried on September 23, 1964, at the Frieden-Himmelfahrt (now the Evangelischer Friedhof Nordend) cemetery, north of Pankow, in Niederschönhausen. If you wish to visit Hildegard Trabant’s grave, you must first decide if you’re coming by automobile or by public transportation. If you’re coming by automobile, program your Garmin (if you have one) to 13158 Berlin, Dietzgenstraße 120. This will take you to the cemetery south entrance (Eingang A).
If you choose Wittenau, find your way to eBus #124. The bus stop "Zionsfriedhof" will be the 16th stop, about 20 minutes driving time.
Once getting off of the bus at the Zionsfriedhof stop, you can enter the cemetery from the south of the Bushaltestelle at Dietzgenstraße 120 (Eingang A, below). Entering the cemetery at Dietzgenstraße 130 (Eingang B) is theoretically possible, and a more direct shot to the cemetery chapel (Feierhalle), but this entrance was closed when I was there.
|Eingang A (closeups below)|
Once inside, make your way north to the path leading to the Feierhalle. Once you reach the Feierhalle, turn left; this path will take you to the Urnehnain Himmerfahrt (UH on the map). Hildegard Trabant’s grave will eventually be on the right, today marked at UH Him – B102.
|Feierhalle (von Eingang B)|
|Feierhalle (von hier links gehen)|
While the grave is no longer marked with her name, her urn is still there. This is because Frau Trabant was buried in a "linear grave" - a grave which expired after the lawful regulated 20 years of resting allowed under GDR law without becoming a family grave, meaning the family continues to maintain, or another family member is buried more recently there. This period of resting "expired" in 1984, and since then, this particular section of the cemetery was rearranged Previously, her grave number was UH Him - 234a. The "new" grave number is UH Him - B102. This has been described to me as "Urnenhain Himmelfahrt", a beautiful urn grove, which Frau Trabant certainly deserved.
|Hildegards Grab (closeups below)|
|grave from the reverse side|