The 7360 m² cemetery, surrounded by a quarry stone wall, is located about two kilometers northeast of the town of Pretzfeld in Franconian Switzerland on the Judenberg, not far from the Sauanger corridor. 
The Jewish cemetery was established in the 16th or 17th century. A burial of Baruch Zvi Ophir in 1632 has been reported. According to the fief book of the lordship of Selva, the Jews bought the property in 1668 from the Stiebars from Allodial possession . At that time, Johann Adam Stiebar was the owner of the Pretzfeld and Wolkenstein manors. From 1769 to 1774 the payment of a hereditary interest of six guilders to the barons of Seckendorff zu Wolkenstein can be proven. It is likely that burials took place in this cemetery before 1632. According to tradition, Fürth wereJews were buried in the cemetery before 1607. The oldest known tombstone , however, only dates from 1732.
Since the late 17th century Jewish cemetery Pretzfeld central burial place for most was Jewish communities of Forchheimer country, including Gaiganz , Hausen , Hirschaid , Mittelehrenbach , Upper Ehrenbach, Upper Weilersbach -Mittelweilersbach, Pinzberg and Wiesenthau . After Wolf Heller's funeral in 1894, there were no longer any Jewish families in Pretzfeld. The community in Hagenbach refused to take care of the already neglected cemetery.
In 1928 numerous tombstones were overturned; the entrance gate was damaged. The cemetery was spared attacks between 1933 and 1945. A man from Muggendorf , appointed by the military government as a trustee after the Second World War, sold tombstones as building material. Only a part of it could be found again. In 1983, the gravestones built into the foundations of a warehouse were returned to the cemetery. In 1994, molesters smeared Nazi symbols with black paint on gravestones. In 1998 the cemetery was desecrated as well. There are more than 200 tombstones in three groups of graves. 
- Israel Schwierz: Stone evidence of Jewish life in Bavaria. A documentation . Ed. from the Bavarian State Center for Political Education . Munich 1988, pp. 232-233, ISBN 3-87052-393-X
- Alemannia Judaica : Pretzfeld - Jewish cemetery . As of April 7, 2011.
- House of Bavarian History : Jewish cemeteries in Bavaria - Pretzfeld . As of April 7, 2011.