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Germany went from several small states to the unified country in 1871. German is not only the official language of Germany, but is also an official language in the countries of Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Belgium.
In much of Germany, Jews did not have fixed surnames until 1812 or even later. At that time, German Jews took all kinds of surnames. Many of these names were based on the profession of the person taking the name. Someone who ran a small shop might well have called himself Kramer or Kraemer. From a posting by Roger Lustig.
The earliest known documentation of a Jewish presence from Wurzburg to Fuessen exists from just a millennium ago. The phenomenon of the 'landjudentum', or countryside Jews, peaked between the 16th and early 19th century when, in 1818, almost 85 percent of Jewry in south-central Germany lived in places with populations under 2,000.
There were more than a dozen emigrant control stations established by Germany along its Russian border. In "Fame, Fortune and Sweet Liberty,"
an excellent book on the "Great European Emigration" published in Bremen (in both English and German editions) the authors write:
"Health inspection stations) were set up at points where the Russian and Prussian railroad lines met, and all emigrants were required to use the special trains or cars, which were now often uncomfortable."
In 1933, when Hitler came to power, there were around 500,000 Jews in Germany and approximately 185,000 immigrated to Shanghai. Over 180,000 German Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. In June 1942, all Jewish schools in Germany were closed by government decree. German Jews could no longer receive ration cards for eggs.
With the influx of tens of thousands of Jews from the former Soviet Union, German's Jewish community has grown from 35,000 to 120,000 in the last decade, making it the only growing Jewish population in Europe today.
There is a more descriptive detail in Bernard Horwich's
"My First Eighty Years" (excerpts available)
German Jews, contrary to the pervasive view that most Jews were city folks, they were also cattle raisers and traders, vintners, backwoods peddlers and moneylenders in off-the-beaten track areas. And in these places, they left many traces in some of the least expected places. There is a wonderful story, written by Phyllis Ellen Funke in the June/July 2002 issue of Hadassah Magazine that describes many of these 'places' that documentation can be found today.
Note: "A lot of the records are held, not in the local Standesaemter, but in various Polish State Archives. Many of the records are missing or have been destroyed." From a posting by Anita Springer on JewishGen
"BriefeMeiner Erinnerung: Mein Uberleben in Judischen Ghetto von Minsk 1941-1942"
Roughly translated to "My Letter Living Through the Jewish Ghetto in Minsk". This book, written in German by Ana Krasnaperko, is available from the publisher Haus Villigst, 5840 Schwerte, Germany Telephone: 02304/755230. The Holocaust Museum has a copy and discusses the story of the many German Jews from Bremen and Hanover deported to Minsk and includes photos and text, but does not list names. And, along with her mother, who was a doctor, escaped into the woods and lived with the partisans.
Authored by Thomas Mann and published by Everyman's Library, follows the decline of a north German mercantile family. It is set in Lubeck, and also in Hamburg.
"The Children's War"
Authored by Monique Charlesworth and published by Anchor, interweaves the Holocaust story of half-Jewish Ilse Blumenthal, a teenager who flees the Nazis in Paris, Marseilles and Cannes, with that of teenager Nicolai of Hamburg, where Ilse's Aryan mother, Lore is the family's nursemaid.
"Die Familie BENIES; in: Adler - Zeitschrift fuer Genealogie und Heraldik,"
21. Band, Heft 3 page 81 - 86. Other families mentioned are David, Benedikt, Eisler Von Terramare, Egger Von Moelwald, Mercy and Stern. The family is originally from Kolomyia and Brody, but moved in 1860 to Vienna and later to Prague. The publication is available Heraldisch-genealogische Gesellschaft Adler
Universitaetsstrasze 6/9b, A-1096 Wien. $10.00 US cash only per Georg Gaugusch at email@example.com
"Die Judischen Gefallen des Deutschen Heeres, der deutschen Marine und der Deutschen Schutztruppen 1914-1918, Ein Gedenkbuch" (A Memorial Book listing German Jewish soldiers who died in WWI) Published by Reichsbund Judischer Frontsoldaten in 1932
"German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust: Kafka's kitsch"
(Routledge Jewish Studies Series) Authored by David A. Brenner
"The German Research Companion"
Authored by Shirley J. Riemer, this a big volume of facts and references to aid German family history researchers and it is written in clear English. Subjects included are Books/Films/Fiche Numbers, Library Holdings, Jurisdictions, Military resources, Migrations, Resource Lists and much more
"The Goldapple Guide to Jewish Berlin"
Authored by Andrew Roth and Michael Frajman and published by Goldapple in 1998. Reviews Berlin's Jewish history and describes its present Jewish character. Catalogs the city's memorials, museums, and cultural sites, and list synagogues, cemeteries, organizations, services and restaurants. There is a chapter on researching Jewish Genealogy and property claims in Berlin. Provides maps, numerous photographs and an index.
"A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Germany & Austria"
Published in January, 2001by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain -This guide gives an insight into researching your family roots both in these countries and in Britain. This is an informative guide to the archives of available records and explains how to obtain the records you thought no longer existed. In addition, the guide has sections on registration, the Holocaust, vital records, Kindertransport, alien registration, useful addresses, census and cemeteries. The guide is price at £4.50 (UK) - £6.00/US $10 (Overseas includes postage) Payment with orders and is available from The JGSGB Membership Secretary, PO Box 27061, London, N2 OGT
"In Search of Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in
the Germanic Areas of Europe". Fourth edition.
Authored by Angus Baxter and published by Genealogical Publishing Co. 1001 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202-3897. Cost for the 114 page paperback is $11.95 Helps trace your German ancestry, not only in Germany, but also in all German-speaking areas of Europe.
"In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin"
Authored by Erik Larson and published by Crown
"Jews and Other Germans"
Authored by ill Van Rahden and published by The University of Wisconsin Press
"Juedisches Leben in Alme, Altenbueren, Brilon, Madfeld, Messinghausen, Roesenbeck [und] Thuelen", von den Anfaengen bis zur Gegenwart. Mit bild-/textdokumenten u. A. Zu den juedischen friedhoefen/ [von] Ursula Hesse/ Aschoff, Diethard Brilon, Stadt Brilon, 1991] 380 p. illus., facsims., plans, ports., tables. 23x25 cm. "Aspekte juedischer Geschichte in Westfalen, von Diethard Aschoff": p. 9-12. Bibliographical footnotes. 10. Cemeteries--Westphalia.
ID # DS 135 G4 W4 H48 [LBI ]
"Library Resources for German- Jewish Genealogy"
Authored by Angelika G. Ellmann-Kruger & Edward David Luft
"The Memoirs of Glueckel of Hameln"
Dates from 1690 and is a unique chronicle written by a widowed German Jew, a business-woman and mother of 14, who lived in Altona and Hamburg and traveled around Germany. (Schocken)
"Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834 and 1835"
Authored by Edward D. Luft
"Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers"
Authored by Christopher R. Browning
"Not of This Time, Not of This Place"
Authored by Yehuda Amichai who was born in Wuerzburg and published by Vallentine Mitchell
"The Pity of It All: A History of Jews in Germany 1743-1933"
Authored by Amos Elon and published by Metropolitan
"Portraits of Our Past: Jews of the German Countryside"
Authored by Emily C. Rose is a family history and published by Jewish Publication Society
"Stammbuch der Frankfurter Juden"
Authored by Alexander Dietz and published in 1988 by Vanderher Publications in Cornwall, UK. The Cercle de Genealogie Juive stated that the Society bought it in 1999 and that it can be useful not only for members of Frankfurt Jewish families but French researchers. Leo Baeck Institute is one of the holders of this book. The one feature of the English translation that adds to its utility is that, unlike the German original, it has an index.
"Traveler's Guide to Jewish Germany"
Authored by Billie Ann Lopez and Peter Hirsch and published by Pelican in 1998. A guide to Jewish sites in 186 towns and cities in Germany. Provides for each entry its geographic location, significant cultural or historical sites, and an overview of its history Includes practical travel tips, a chronology of German Jewish history, a glossary, an introduction to Hebrew letters and numbers, regional maps, color photographs and an index.
"The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family"
Authored by Ron Chernow and published by Vintage
General German Genealogy
German Provinces in 1915
Open Street Maps
The crowd-sourced mapping project OpenStreetMap has amassed a million contributors since its inception in 2005 and, according to navigation app maker Skobbler, boasts greater accuracy in England, Russia and Germany than rivals such as Google Maps. I tried the site and found an accurate drawing of my father's ancestral town Tal'ne, Ukraine
An excellent site to find information about most European countries
and type in the name of the country you wish to research in the search field. This site is a great source to find information for almost every European country.
A great web site. It is a directory of 2,880,532 of the world's cities and towns, sorted by country and linked
to a map for each town. A tab separated list is available for each country.
Moving from one town to another
In the past, as it is now, one is required to register with the authorities when moving into town and to inform the authorities that one is moving when leaving for another place. Records of moving are normally stored in the local Stadtarchives. Unfortunately, many documents were lost during the war.
List of archives in former German or German occupied territories. The list includes:
Elsaas (Strassberg, Hagenau, Kolmar, Muehlhause);
Luxemburg; Memel (Klaipeda, Lithuania);
Niederschlesien (Breslau, Liegnitz);
Oberschlesien (Kattowitz, Oppeln);
Ostpreussen (Koenigsberg, Allenstein);
Pommern (Stettin, Koeslin, Schneidemuhl);
Wartheland (Posen, Hohensalza, Litzmannstadt [Lodz]);
Aussig; Boehmisch Leipa; Bruex (Most);
Brunntal; Falkenau (Sokolov);
Gablonz an der Neisse (Jablonec nad Nisou);
Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary);
Maehrisch Ostrau (Ostrava);
General request or uncertain cases can be directed to:
Central State Archives in Prague:
Ministerstvo vnitra Ceske Republiky
Statni ustredni archiv v Praze
11801 Praha 1 - Mala Strana
Phone (0042-2) 57 32 03 38
Fax: (0042-2) 57 32 02 75
Note: one of the problems is the frequent name changes, not just of families, but of towns in which they lived. Check out this site that Miriam Margolyes wrote about which contains a list showing most of the hundreds of town name changes from German to Polish in 19th Century Posen Province
Aufbau Newspaper Database
This German-language newspaper that was published in New York from September, 1944 through September 27, 1946, printed numerous lists of Jewish Holocaust survivors located in Europe. There are 33,357 names that have been computerized
Aufbau Searchable Database
"Austrian, Czech and German Jews in Riga"
This is Germany's largest and oldest state and have more than 900 museums.
There is a series of books on the Jewish communities between the rivers Aisch, Aurach, Ebrach and Seebach in Franconia. The series is called "Mesusa: Traces of Jewish Past on the
Aisch, Aurach, Ebrach and Seebach". The 2002 publication covers the Jewish cemeteries from Zeckern, Walsdorf, Aschbach, Uehlfeld, Mu'hlhausen, Lisberg, Burghaslach and Reichmannsdorf.
"Kindergarten Mu'hlhausen," "Traces of Jewish Past in Adelsdorf," and three volumes of
"Mesusa", covering different aspects of the areas studies, all undertaken by a team headed by Johann Fleischmann.
Another book in the series is a "Memorbuch"
undertaken by Dr. Christine Kolbet on the Jews from Adelsdorf and Weisendorf. All of these books are written in German. "Mesusa 3" includes photographs of the tombstones along with their printed text in Hebrew and the German translations. From a posting by Martha Levinson Lev-Zion.
"Bibliography on German-Jewish Family Research and on Recent Regional and Local
History of the Jews
This is a CD available from Avotaynu at a recently quoted cost of $65. Produced by Angelika Ellmann-Kruger and her husband, Dieter Ellman. The sources include not only books, but also articles from old and current journals, newspapers and collective works - more than 32,000 published sources, mostly in German or English. The CD has a full-word search engine. Ordering information for the CD can be found at
Nearly 2,000 Jewish cemeteries exist today in the Federal Republic of Germany. The total number of Jewish gravestones have been estimated at 600,000. Photographs of about 54,000 Jewish tombstones in Baden-Wurttemberg are now in possession of the Central Archives.
The Central Archives
Stores photographs of more than 5,000 Jewish gravestones of Lower Saxony.
The oldest Jewish cemetery in Hamburg area is located in Konigstrabe in Altona and dates back to 1611. There are approximately 2,500 Sephardic and 6,000 Ashkenazi graves. The Sephardic Jews preferred gravestones lying flat on the ground with rich ornamentation whereas Ashkenazi Jews usually placed them standing upright.
Hamburg Jewish cemeteries
Date back to 1663. Although no gravestone information is offered on-line, the write-up on each cemetery details the number of graves, whether any graves have been relocated, whether the cemetery is still open and the district it is located in.
Ask for data from the "Zivilstandsregister" Hamburg Buergerbuero
Central Archives for Research on the History of the Jews in Germany
A very interesting site. Gayle Riley put on Viewmate, an example of a most interesting list of householders from Gemeinde Dzikow (Tarnobrzeg)" When Gayle asked me about this last week, I suggested that she post it on Viewmate so that others more expert in German than I have a crack at interpreting the material. But, in short, it is a list of householders." This was a typical list constructed for the purposes of taxation. The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People has such lists for many districts but most of them are much, much later than the 1853 list given to Gayle. Indeed, the ones I've seen are from the 1920-1935 period when the territory was Polish."
"The left side of the page simply lists the householder and house number. The word "Gattung" means kind in English but all of the places in the column in Gayle's example appear to be of the same kind. What the word is, I have no idea."
"The heading over the first columns on the right side of the page refers to the building where the householder lives, with one side saying something about the contents and the other seemingly referring to the annual tax in florins and kroner. I can't see the words in the next narrow column under that heading."
"The next bifurcated column is for the recording of the householder's worth in terms of assets, investments, etc. The final column, is, as always, for Anmerkung or comments."
"These lists are extremely valuable because, although they don't list wives and children like censuses, they provide a window into every male adult living in the Gemeinde in that year and the approximate and relative worth of the family." From a posting by Suzan Wynne
Click on "For English Summary" if you cannot read German. There is a list of records available from 1945 to 1995 and papers of the Cantor Edmund Capell from 1905 - 1937, plus various family papers.
Central Council of Jews
Salomon Korn replaced Michel Friedman as a vice president. The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany is Paul Spiegel.
On 5 May 2008, Austria’s National Commemoration Day Against Violence and Racism in Remembrance of Victims of National Socialism, students from all over Austria constructed an elaborate and moving Holocaust memorial on Vienna’s Heldenplatz - The Denk.Mal.
This memorial was dedicated to the more than 80,000 Austrians – Jews, political and religious dissidents, homosexuals, people with disabilities, Roma (gypsies), and other groups and individuals singled out by the Nazis for persecution and extermination – who were murdered in the Holocaust.
Old disease terminology and symbols, professions terminology and genealogical symbols (much in German, but the same site offers a translation service) plus more at
Business 2 business company directory and business in Europe, yellow pages access, international and European business directory (professional services, addresses and business classifieds
Germany (The Country)
The Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland (Confederation of Jews in Germany)
German and European Passenger Departure Records Links
German Documents - Captured in WW II
In the final days of WW II, an elite unit of the British marines and navy was charged with a particularly dangerous task on the front lines. The Thirtieth Assault or Advanced Unit (30AU), otherwise known as the "Document Commandos," was allegedly the brainchild of Ian Fleming; its mission was to seize German archives before they were destroyed. The reason why this was so important was that he realized that the horrors of the Holocaust were so incredible that they would have to be meticulously documented to be believe.
The entire naval archives had been moved from Berlin to Tambach Castle, not far from Nuremburg. They had been slated for destruction; gasoline and wood had been obtained to burn them, but in the harsh winter of 1944-45, the fuel had been put to more constructive use.
Three hundred tons of German documents were eventually seized, crated and shipped to London. By prior agreement, all seized documents were owned jointly by the British and the Americans. The U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence immediately began to microfilm the Tambach archives. The project ended up with 4,061 rolls of microfilm. The National Archives' collection of German documents captured includes far more than WW II material as they include 1,624 reels of naval documents (800-900 frames per reel) from before 1920.
German Genealogy (In German)
German Genealogy Group
Genealogy/german-faq offers lots and lots of links and answers to questions about German genealogy. An excellent place to start.
Resources for German Genealogy on the Internet
German Jewish Holocaust Documentary
There is a movie documentary available about German Jews who had emigrated from Berlin to Tel Aviv in the late 1930s and who had been friends with a fairly prominent Nazi SS officer both before and after World War II.
Synopsis: Arnon Goldfinger is an Israeli filmmaker. After his 98-year-old grandmother dies, the family gathers at her Tel Aviv apartment to go through her belongings, and Goldfinger decides to film the proceedings. Things take an unexpected turn when the family discovers old letters, photographs, and other evidence indicating that his grandparents -- German Jews who had emigrated from Berlin to Tel Aviv in the late 1930s -- had been friends with a fairly prominent Nazi SS officer both before and after World War II. The relationship baffles Goldfinger, who spends the next several years trying to understand this Nazi/Jew friendship. Along the way, he tracks down and befriends the Nazi's daughter and her family; learns for the first time that his grandmother's mother had been murdered in the Holocaust (making the friendship with the Nazi even harder to comprehend); finds references to the Nazi in Adolf Eichmann's trial transcript; finds a whole dossier on the Nazi in the German national archives; and so on. Coming along for most of this ride is Goldfinger's mother, who somehow had no idea that her parents had been friends with a Nazi or that her grandmother had been a Holocaust victim. From a posting by Barbara Zimmer
German Jewish Newspapers
Published from 1860 to 1938 in Frankfurt and was a major newspaper for observant Jews. the Leo Baeck Institute may have copies
firstname.lastname@example.org and their address was
123 East 73rd St.
New York 10021.
It is now part of the Center for Jewish History in New York.
German Jewish Periodical on-line
German Jewish Records
On-line information about microfilmed reels and what they contain including lists of Jews deported from Germany and extensive material from concentration camp records, primarily from camps located in the US occupied zone of Germany, though there are records from other camps, as well.
The microfilmed copies are now housed at the US National Archives (NARA) and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM, Washington, DC) has a catalog of the 189 reels (about 189,000 frames or pages). Deportation lists from various cities are included, varying by city.
Until Arolsen International Red Cross Records are made public, or until Israel permits the filmed collection of these records (prepared in the 1950s and held in Yad Vashem) to be copied and made available outside of Yad Vashem, this is the largest available collection. It can be seen at NARA in College Park, Maryland, or at the USHMM. The bulk, however, are concentration camp records, including arrival and 'departure' (releases, transfers and death) lists.
Given the enormity of the collection, it would be impossible for NARA staff to search for family names or even individuals unless very specific information on the person being sought is provided. If you have such information available, you can send an inquiry via Email: email@example.com or you may request searches at the Holocaust Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org Remember to make any requests as specific as possible and the USHMM staff will search this and other collections.
More information is available at my ' 'Holocaust Page' and at
The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation has an office in Wurzburg, Germany which offers to assist those who are searching for their Jewish Roots in Germany. It is The "Ephraim Gustav-Hoenlein Genealogy Project". Rabbi Binjamin Krauss is the director of the foundation's Frankfurt Center and archivist Michael Schneeberger oversees the work at the Wurzburg office. Queries are processed through the Lauder office in Frankfurt at
email@example.com Phone: 011 494 69 7137, or Fax 011 49 69 7137 4629
German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1939 to Shanghai
German Migration Information
This site encourages a worldwide exchange of genealogy information about German emigrants and immigrants from 1600 to 1950.
Searchable Emigration Records
German Migration Resource Center
Research tools at this site include a selected list of books about German Genealogy and German migration and links to other sites
France, Ireland, England, Italy and Spain links
An especially helpful web site for the beginning or intermediate genealogist is this site which offers links to the 'best of' on-line resources for census records, emigration, databases, history and maps
German Night Club Movie in Berlin 1930
Names including Kaufmann, Handelsmann, and Handler. Because of the 'skewed' societies, from a modern view, in which the Jews lived in Central Europe, these commercial terms are almost meaningless, for the following reasons.
The area at the time was divided into social classes which were: Nobility, Clergy, Peasants, and Commoners. The Jews certainly didn't fit into the first 3, while the Christian population of the 4th were mainly concerned with keeping Jews out (hence, the 'shtetls', guilds, etc.). Notice, no merchants, craftsmen, etc., except for Group 4. The Jews partly filled the gap, such as it was, becoming an 'alternate commercial class'. So, it was very common for a Jew to be a "Trader" (Handler), whether this meant retailing goods from a wagon or a backpack to remote farms and villages, or being a cattle dealer, a pushcart vendor, or door-to-door peddling (Hausierer) or whatever. Some of this was done part-time, in addition to farming or whatever.
There are stories, no doubt true, of how much ingenious frantic activity was carried out for ridiculously small profits. Still, it was common for them to know nothing else.
National governments, especially in German lands, considered this anti-social behavior, and basically opened trades to Jews, and made the old occupations more and more unpleasant for them, to force them into them, besides other restrictions. Some of them learned a trade, but quickly emigrated after doing so. This turned out to be a wise (and/or lucky) move. The above information was posted by Edward Konig firstname.lastname@example.org
German/Prussian Jews Database
Considered the most comprehensive database of its kind in the world. It contains 93544 locations with over 38.691 name changes once, and 5,500 twice and more. All locations are EAST of the Oder and Neisse rivers and are based on the borders of the eastern provinces in Spring 1918. Included in this database are the following provinces: Eastprussia, including Memel, Westprussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia. It currently list most towns or points, points being: Mills, some bridges, battlefields, named trees, cenotaphs etc.
An interesting site is about the German Railroads. It covers the Deutsche Bahn Museum in Nurnberg, Germany. Formerly called the Museum of Transport, it contains a chronology of the railroads, photographs, and archives amongst other things.
Whilst the German Jewish financiers such as the Mendelssohns, the Oppenheims and the Rothschilds, to name a few, played a significant role in the construction of the early German railroads, and there were a number of Jews who worked for the railroads, it was the Jewish public who were to suffer from the extensive and efficient development of these lines during the Holocaust where approximately 3 million Jews were taken to their deaths via trains. An article by Raul Hilberg touches on this and is entitled "German Railroads/Jewish Souls" in "Society", January/February, 1998, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 162-174.
Another German railroad resource is found at Holocaust Museum Houston, in Houston, Texas. It contains a World War II railroad car and all of the attendant information about it and the uses it was put to. From a posting by Ann Rabinowitz
German, Swiss and Austrians Deported From France
A web site, in French, offers information about this German WW I POW camp Holzminden
How did the Nazis know who was Jewish?
Following the March 1938 Anschluss, Jews that lived within what was then "Greater Germany," including newly annexed Austria, were required to file statements of their belongings and wealth to the Nazi authorities.
"Thus, the German government today still determines the structure and nature of local Jewish communal authorities (known as Israelitische Kultusgemeinde), the qualifications of rabbis, teachers and other officials--and pays their salary."
"In about 1830/1840, in Wurttemberg (Germany) the State passed a law that only university graduates or similar could be a rabbi. They also had to be able to deliver a sermon in German. This I found in this following very interesting book:
"Portraits of Our Past: Jews of the German Countryside"
Author: Emily C. Rose - Publication Date: 2001- No. of Pages: 372 Publisher:
The Jewish Publication Society
2100 Arch St., 2nd Fl.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 800-234-3151; fax: 215-568-2017
Comments: over 75 illustrations, maps, tables, family trees; bibliography
Available at: Leo Baeck Institute. It is based on the lives of the antecedents of Emily Rose who came from Wurttemberg. She links their lives to the political and economic developments of the times. My own family has similar origins in Southern Germany." From a posting by Nick Landau London, UK.
International Tracing Service of the Red Cross
Located in Arolsen
Jewish Community of Germany
Zentralwohlfahrtsstelle der Juden in Deutschland e.V.
D-6000-1 Frankfurt, Germany
Judische Gemeinde Dusseldorf
D-40476 Dusseldorf, Germany
Judische Gemeinde Munchen
D-80469 Munich, Germany
Jewish Festival in Germany - (in German)
Homepage der Tage dere judischen Kultur Chemnitz Seit 1992, Theater, Literatur, Ausstellungen, Kinderprogramme
Jewish Life in Germany
A site about Jewish life in Germany, with resources, addresses and many other things. Site is in German
"Judische Geschichte in Berlin"
In German, about German life in Berlin from 1300 to 1994. Published in 1995
Jewish Museum of Berlin
Houses the largest Jewish Museum/Holocaust memorial in Europe. Exhibitions are planned that will shed light on the lives and fates of German speaking Jews. There is a virtual tour of the building at
Jewish German Newspapers
Jewish Records in Germany
Find a grave of a German soldier
Juedisches Museum Franken, Fuerth und Schnaittach
Director: Daniela F. Eisenstein
THE LEICA FREEDOM TRAIN
Leica and the Jews
The Leica is the pioneer 35 mm camera. It is a German product -- precise, Minimalist, and utterly efficient. Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family owned, socially oriented firm that, during the Nazi era, acted with uncommon grace, generosity and modesty. E. Leitz Inc., designer and manufacturer of Germany's most famous photographic product, saved its Jews.
And Ernst Leitz II, the steely-eyed Protestant patriarch who headed the closely held firm as the Holocaust loomed across Europe, acted in such a way as to earn the title "the photography industry's Schindler."
As soon as Adolf Hitler was named chancellor of Germany in 1933, Ernst Leitz II began receiving frantic calls from Jewish associates, asking for his help in getting them out of the country. As Christians, Leitz and his family were immune to Nazi Germany's Nuremberg laws, which restricted the movement of Jews and limited their professional activities. To help his Jewish workers and colleagues, Leitz quietly established what has become known among historians of the Holocaust as "the Leica Freedom Train," of Jews to leave Germany in the guise of Leitz employees being assigned overseas. Employees, retailers, family members, even friends of family members were "assigned" to Leitz sales offices in France, Britain, Hong Kong and the United States. Leitz's activities intensified after the Kristallnacht of November 1938, during which synagogues and Jewish shops were burned across Germany.
Before long, German "employees" were disembarking from the ocean liner Bremen at a New York pier and making their way to the Manhattan office of Leitz Inc., where executives quickly found them jobs in the photographic industry. Each new arrival had around his or her neck, the symbol of freedom - a new Leica. The refugees were paid a stipend until they could find work. Out of this migration came designers, repair technicians, salespeople, marketers and writers for the photographic press. Keeping the story quiet, The "Leica Freedom Train" was at its height in 1938 and early 1939, delivering groups of refugees to New York every few weeks. Then, with the invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, Germany closed its borders. By that time, hundreds of endangered Jews had escaped to America, thanks to the Leitz's' efforts. How did Ernst Leitz II and his staff get away with it?
Leitz, Inc. was an internationally recognized brand that reflected credit on the newly resurgent Reich. The company produced range-finders and other optical systems for the German military. Also, the Nazi government desperately needed hard currency from abroad, and Leitz's single biggest market for optical goods was the United States. Even so, members of the Leitz family and firm suffered for their good works. A top executive, Alfred Turk, was jailed for working to help Jews and freed only after the payment of a large bribe. Leitz's daughter, Elsie Kuhn-Leitz, was imprisoned by the Gestapo after she was caught at the border, helping Jewish women cross into Switzerland. She eventually was freed but endured rough treatment in the course of questioning. She also fell under suspicion when she attempted to improve the living conditions of 700 to 800 Ukrainian slave laborers, all of them women, who had been assigned to work in the plant during the 1940s.
(After the war, Kuhn-Leitz received numerous honors for her humanitarian efforts, among them the Officier d'honneur des Palms Academic from France in 1965 and the Aristide Briand Medal from the European Academy in the 1970s.) Why has no one told this story until now? According to the late Norman Lipton, a freelance writer and editor, the Leitz family wanted no publicity for its heroic efforts. Only after the last member of the Leitz family was dead did the "Leica Freedom Train" finally come to light.
It is now the subject of a book,
"The Greatest Invention of the Leitz Family: The Leica Freedom Train,"
Authored by Frank Dabba Smith, a California-born Rabbi currently living in England .
Leo Baeck Institute
The institute is a research, study and lecture center whose library and archives offer the most comprehensive documentation for the study of German Jewish history. Located at
The Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212 744 6400 Fax 212 988 1305
There are also two branches:
4 Devonshire Street
J33 Bustanai Street
Library of the Central Archives
A reference library. The Director is Dr. Peter Honigmann
69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Telephone: +49 0 6221/164141 Fax: +49 0 6221/181049
Former German area maps now in Poland, Russia, Czech Republic - a commercial site offering maps of Western Pomerania, East Brandenburg - Lower Silesia, Trans Pomerania, Southern Pomerania Middle Silesia, Upper Silesia, Southern East Prussia, West and East Prussia, Northern East Prussia including the Memel (Klapedia) area, Eger and Northern Bohemia, Eastern Bohemia and more
Alsace-Lorraine-German Empire West 1882
Posen-Prussia-German Empire East 1882
Silesia-Prussia-German Empire East 1882
Trace your roots from Germany to Britain and help in finding the relevant records in your search
Names (See also Names page)
Family Names From West Prussia
Surnames in Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames
Old German Script Lettering
At the web site, you can download Gothic 1 Regular for Macintosh and Gothic Zip for Windows and there is additional links to more information about German fonts that maybe of help in your translation of old German scripts
According to an Email: I received from Michael Bernet, "The 'gothic' alphabet won't be of much use to any researcher into Jewish Genealogy -- it's a face created by Bishop Ulfilas (A.D.c311-c382), Christian bishop to the Goths who translated the Christian Bible into the Gothic language." "I doubt that a dozen Jews at that time even understood Gothic, and I'm pretty sure none left any records written in Gothic."
Saxony Memorial Foundation
Chief Historian is Dr. Norbert Haase email@example.com Dresden, Germany is interested in a research project about military personnel who helped Jews to survive the holocaust.
The Journal of German-Jewish Genealogical Research - Werner L. Frank, Editor. The scope focuses on Germany and includes Austria, Switzerland, Alsace, Bohemia and other areas with linguistic and historic relevance.
The Architecture Department of the Technical University at Darmstadt has opened a digital 3-D architectural museum
A number of WWII bunkers were built deliberately on the sites of synagogues destroyed by the Nazi regime. In Frankfurt, there is a bunker on the site once occupied by the Friedberger Anlage synagogue. Another is in n the city of Braunschweig in Lower Saxony. The Siegen synagogue in North-Rhine Westphalia was destroyed on Kristallnach, a pogrom in November 1938 and there is a bunker in the Hamburg square that once housed the Bornplatz synagogue which is now the home to several Hamburg University faculties, with a memorial marking the site of the destroyed pace of worship. Another bunker was built on the site of Düsseldorf's destroyed synagogue which was used as a hotel in the years after WW II. The site is now the home of the Handelsblatt - a business newspaper. From an article by Harriet Torry published in the Wall Street Journal of January 23, 2013.
This site includes a walk-through several pre-Holocaust German synagogues. One is the synagogue on Oranienburgerstrasse in Berlin and another is one in Frankfurt/Main.
Telephone Directories on the Web
Jewish Genealogy to search my German Language page
A commercial site offering many language translating programs
Another commercial site that offers a number of translating services - some for free
- Yizkor Books
Pinkas Hakehillot, Germanyah: Bayern
Pinkas Hakehillot, Germanyah: Württemberg, Hohenzollern, Baden
Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Germany
Württemberg, Hohenzollern, Baden (Volume II)
Pinkas Hakehillot, Germanyah: Hesse, Hesse- Nassau, Frankfort
Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Germany -
Hesse, Hesse-Nassau, Frankfort (Volume III)
Pinkas Hakehillot, Germanyah: Tzafon Ma'arav Germanyah
Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Germany - North West Germany (Volume IV)
Zip Codes (Germany)
Cities and Towns in Germany
City gate of Treier
To find where your ancestors came from, try this site
Many German towns have websites. It would be something like
Has a well kept Jewish cemetery
SynagogueAdresse der Synagoge
One of Germany's oldest cities, it was founded by Augustus Caesar's stepsons in 15 B.C.E. Between the 15th and 17th centuries, it was one of Europe's highest finance centers, attracting medieval Jews from all over Central Europe. The first known mention of Jews was Joseph von Augsburg in 1212. By 1259, a teaching academy existed, and in 1298 and in 1336, city authorities stopped potential massacres.
Vintners, cattle dealers and moneylenders lived below Judenberg and near Karlstrasse. By the 20th century, there were 1,156 Jews who were also involved in textiles and commerce, and a book business - The Shocken Press. More information about this area can be found in an article "The Romantic Road" - authored by Phyllis Ellen Funke, and published in the June/July 2002 issue of Hadassah Magazine. See the archives at
A suburb only a few miles north of Frankfurt
Map of City of Baden-Baden
Near the Black Forest, the town is famous for their spa's waters
Had a Jewish community with a synagogue. It is also a State within Germany and there are some Jews now living in the area.
Baden Emigration Index
Wurttemberg Emigration Index
Bad Wimpfen sits in two parts on the banks of the Neckar. There is an upper town, the Wimpfen am Berg, that houses the current town center. The lower town, Wimpfen im Tal, sits on the banks of the Neckar and is much older
Bad Wimpfen also had a thriving Jewish community, although its synagogue from 1580 was converted into apartments during the 1930s.
This community was established during the 14th/15th century and up to the end of the 15th century the cemetery in Neudenau was used (Hahn 1988). It appears that a Jewish cemetery existed between the 16th/18th century in Bad Wimpfen in the area which was popularly later known as Judenkirchhof, although its actual location is now unknown.
At this time Jews from Bad Wimpfen also shared the use of the cemetery in Heinsheim. In the 19th century this was also the case with the cemetery in Bad Rappenau (Sauer 1966 page 45 and Angerbauer 1986, page 44). Bad Wimpfen established their own cemetery in 1896, which was in use until 1943. A few tombstones carry brief German inscriptions and some only names and dates. One such stone, that of a fallen Jewish soldier of WW1, also depicts the Iron Cross military decoration. There are memorial inscription of family members murdered in concentration camps showing on family graves
This city's architecture dates from the 15th through the 17th centuries and is a city of 70,700. The city's industries include beer as well as textiles and leather goods. It was ruled by prince-bishops from the 13th century until 1801 and annexed by Bavaria in 1802.
The town dates to the year 902, and began to prosper in the twelfth century. Bamberg was the second city (after Mainz) to introduce book printing. It has a beautiful medieval inner city that was renovated and restructured in baroque times.
There is a Jewish cemetery visited by Michael Bernet in 2000.
A village near Cornau
"Jüdische Friedhöfe in Bayern"
Formerly in Austria, now known as Horni Benesov in the Czech Republic
Bergen-Belsen - (See also my Holocaust page)
"Various Lists of Czechoslovak Inmates at Bergen-Belsen"
There was a large Jewish presence here before WW II
"Jews Who Died in Berlin 1943-45"
On May 28, 1942, approximately 200 Berlin Jews are executed in retaliation for the burning of the anti-Soviet exhibition on May 18th.
The elected president of Berlin's Jewish community is Alexander Brenner, replacing Andreas Nachama on May 2, 2001. The Berlin Jewish community, Germany's largest, has increased from about 6,000 to about 12,000 during the last 10 years with the arrival of new immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Joel Levy is the founding Chair of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in Berlin.
Stiftung "Neue Synagogue Centrum Judaicum"
apparently holds civil records . For your information, they state that they hold includes files from almost 400 German Jewish Communities, including more than 1000 files from Berlin (1827-1945), and inventories of Jewish organizations, smaller estates, and collections. This inventory has been microfilmed and digitized, and can thus be viewed on reader-printer or computer.
Berlin Address Book
Offering both addresses and streets from 1799 until 1943. It is *not* the Jewish address book discussed in 2000 on GERSIG. It is a general one and it is online! However it is slightly tricky since the addresses and names are in Gothic alphabet and though there are instructions in English the text is in German. It has some drawbacks especially with umlauts and the combination of the letters c+h. It also gives the profession but no telephone number. From a posting by Jacob Rosen on JewishGen
The Centrum Judaicum does have records from the Weissensee Cemetery on microfilm, you can get a copy of burial cards, burial permits, and other information by writing to the cemetery in German, preferably, directly. There are 115,000 graves. The Centrum Judaicum does not have copies of death certificates or any other information that is not at the cemetery.
Judischer Friedhof Weissensee
D-13088 Berlin, Germany
For copies of death certificates, you need to know the neighborhood in Berlin where the death occurred and was registered. That information should be on the burial permit you get from the cemetery
The diary of Brigitte Eicke, a Berlin teenager in World War II, is an account of cinema visits, first kisses, hairdos and dressmaking, along with a brief, untroubled reference to disappearing Jews. Recently published, it highlights the public indifference that paved the road to Auschwitz. Authored by Jane Paulick You can download the complete article over the Internet
A documentary, "In Heaven, Underground" directed by Britta Wauer, has its somber moments, but its tone is mostly cheerful as it explores the history behind the gravestones.
Berlin Death Records
You should be able to obtain the death certificate for the person through the office covering the area in which the person died. The Berlin registration office (Standesamt) addresses are obtained
The Jews of Berlin, from about 1900 until 1933, published their death notices in a daily paper, Berliner Tageblatt, and that is the best place to search for deaths. The paper was a liberal daily, read by all of the Jews of Berlin and it was considered to be "the Jewish paper".
The death notices are often large, black framed ads, full of information about the deceased, a list of surviving family members, etc. The entire run of the paper is available on microfilm at major libraries. From a posting by Jim Bennett
A district in northern Berlin and includes: Tegel, Wittenau, Dalldorf, Hermsdorf, Frohnau, Waidmannslust, Luebars, Borsigwalde, Tegelort, Konradshoehe, Joersfeld, Heiligensee, Freie Scholle and Schulzendorf. Few, if any Jews lived in this area.
The Berlin's New Synagogue
Used for worship until 1940 when the building was sequestered, and its vast cellar was then used as an air-raid shelter before being destroyed by an air-raid. It was rebuilt in the late 1980s and is now the Jewish Center.
Walking Tour of Berlin - in English
There was a Jewish presence here before WW II
A former West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, opened a synagogue and community center in Krefeld on 9-14-08 for the growing Jewish community. In 2008, there were about 300 Jews living in and around the area. The original synagogue was destroyed by fire in 1938.
In the Revue du Cercle de Genealogie Juive, #102, Pascal FAUSTINI investigates the surnames Blad, Blatt and Platt, suspecting they share the same roots. Starting in Metz with Fratie, daughter of Amram Moshe Blad, who signs her children's premarital agreements from 1738 onward, the search continues via Rixheim in Alsace, Worms, Frankfurt and finally Bingen. The author makes use of all available written and printed sources and finally of the tombstone inscriptions of the Bingen cemetery. Thus he traces the Blatt/Blad/Platt family back to a Kalman Salomon Blad dead on March 7, 1653 in Bingen. Exploiting Ele Toledot, now online on the Salomon Stinheim Institut website, further namesakes, probably also originating in Bingen, can be found, up to individuals living in the 16th century.
Located about 3 km north of Montabaur, which in turn is less than 20 km east of Coblenz on the Rhine River
Birthplace of Ludwig Beethoven, Bonn was once a Roman colony with a population of 300,000. It survived WW II bombings that leveled one third of the city's inner core and served as West Germany's capital from 1949 until after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
A resort town on the Rhine River, about 2 hours north of Frankfurt.
There is an old Jewish cemetery in the woods behind the sports complex that is in good condition.
There was a Jewish presence and a Jewish cemetery here. For further information, please scroll down to Buchenau.
"Es is Nicht Leicht, Daruber Zu Sprechen: Der November Pogrom 1938 in Kreis Borken"
(It is not easy to talk about it: the November 1938 pogrom in County Borken)
Located within the district of Bahrenfeld and was founded in 1874.
Brandenburg Prussia Emigration Index
A commercial site. These records are also available on microfiche from the Family History Library under the title: Brndenburgishes Landeshauptarchiv Potsdam. FHL microfiche #6109219, a total of 22 Fiches
"Jüdische Friedhöfe in Brandenburg"
"Brunsvicensia Judaica Gedenkbuch fur die Judischen Mitburger der Stadt
Braunschweig 1933-1945; Waisenhaus-Buchdruckerei und Veriag Braunschweig Autotypien"
(The Jews of Braunschweig: Memory Book for the Jewish Citizens of the city of Braunschweig 1933-1945)
Emigrant List from the former Duchy of Braunschweig 1846-1871
(Except the City of Braunschweig & the County of Holzminden)
At this time, it is in the process of being purchased by the Jewish community. During WWII, it was destroyed by
the Nazis and in its place, a bunker was built.
Located near Wiesbaden.
A Society for the Promotion of the former Jewish Community Center in Breisach, is headed by Dr. Walesch-Schneller and other residents of the town. They are researching local Jewish history, organize visits for Jews originally from Breisach and offer other cultural programs. There are three Jewish families now living in the town.
Bremen (see also Emigration)
The port of the city of Breman, both of which together form part of the German state of Bremen. Today's zip code of the city center which includes the town hall with its archives, would be D-27568
Transcribed passenger lists of ships departing Bremen and arriving in the USA
Wroclaw Jewish community is one of the oldest on the nowadays Polish territory. Its beginnings are rooted in XII century when Wroclaw was an important trade city, located on the Amber Track and soon developing free trade agreements with Prague, Venice and Karyntia. The life of first Jewish community was focusing around Jewish Street (nowadays Uniwersytecka) where the first synagogue and Jewish school was built.
There appears to be between twenty to thirty microfilms containing records of this Jewish community in the FHL Archives. Births: 1184384; Marriages 1184389; Families: 1184402
Had become an entrance gate to Prussia and other parts of Germany for Jews from Galicia and the Posen province probably because the "Schutzjuden" were only allowed to many one son in Breslau -- so that many stayed only for one generation in Breslau.
A suburb next to the town of Boppard.
There is a Jewish cemetery located behind the sports complex near some woods. It is surrounded by a chain link fence and is in good condition with about 150 graves, some recent, some 19th century, some overgrown and some well-kept. All had names, dates and some in Hebrew with some in German or a combination as reported by Sherry Levy-Reiner who visited the area Slevyrei@aol.com
"The Shipwreck of the Powhattan: Tragedy for Emigrants from Budenthal in 1854."
The Palatine Immigrant, vol. 28, no. 3, June 2003, pp. 26-29. Authored by Karl Althoff . "On April 5, 1854, the American ship Powhattan ...had 315 emigrants as passengers destined for New York [sailing from the port of Le Havre]They were within sight of the coast of New Jersey when the ship sank with all passengers on board.... among that number were 45 Bavarian citizens...from the governmental region of the Pfalz."
Buttenhausen, Germany, Postwar, A monument to Jews who were killed....
There was a Jewish presence prior to WW II. Ivan Greenhut firstname.lastname@example.org has an English translation of "Jeden in Buttenhausen".
A market town in northern Bavaria near Bamberg where Levi Strauss (the inventor of 'Jeans') was born. There is now a museum dedicated to 'Jeans' in the town. Jews settled in this town in the 17th century. A synagogue was built around 1740 and by 1810, Jews were one-fifth of the town's population.
A Jewish cemetery was established on a low hill just outside of the town in 1819
Has a well kept Jewish cemetery and is located in the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg
Located near Bergen-Belsen, it has a synagogue
Im Kreise 23-24
Synagogue was built around 1740 and has been restored and houses an exhibit about the Jewish Community's history
There was a Jewish presence here before WW II. A new synagogue was inaugurated on May 24, 2002 in this eastern German city which costs $4.1 million to replace the synagogue destroyed by the Nazis. The building also houses a library and center for the city's 500 member Jewish community.
There was a Jewish presence here before WW II
There was a Jewish presence here before WW II. It is a significant railroad center and a port of great commercial importance. Industries include textiles, pharmaceuticals, chocolate and the perfume, eau de cologne. The old part is characterized by a maze of narrow, crooked streets. On May 31, 1942, the RAF deployed the "Thousand Bomber Raid" for the first time against this city and the raid proved as impressive as it was destructive. By dawn, Cologne
lay in ruins.
Museum in Cologne
In German, but Google will translate into English. You can search for victims of the Nazi-regime from the Cologne area.
Synagogues in Cologne
Liberal Jewish Congregation Cologne, Gescher LaMassoret e.V
This is the website of the Liberal Jewish Congregation Cologne, Gescher LaMassoret e.V. Contact, links, activities. Located on Roonstrasse. Paul Spiegel is president of the German Jewish Community in 2005.
There is an old Jewish cemetery in this town
Sigmund (Zygmunt in Polish) Nissenbaum, built a synagogue in this community after moving here and making his mark in real estate and import-export businesses. Sigmund, after returning to his native Poland after 40 years, and finding the Jewish cemeteries in Poland in terrible condition, funded the restoration of many cemeteries and synagogues throughout Poland thorough his Nissenbaum Foundation in Warsaw. He died in August, 2001 and is buried in Constance Jewish cemetery. The synagogue, consecrated in 1883, was burned down in November 1938.
A village in Lower Saxony
"The Jewish Community of Cottbus 1930s - 1945"
A list of about 800 names of Jewish families from this city, located southwest of Berlin
The court Jew's residence is now the green baroque Gruener Hof Inn.
There are several Jewish cemeteries and in nearby Archshofen
(Juedisches Museum Creglingen)
The Wuerzburg synagogue in the community center complex serves a growing Jewish population today. The original synagogue location is marked by a plaque. A canal with a waterwheel fed the 1821 mikva'ot'oth
Creglingen Tourist Office
Darmstadt Archive Address
Karolinenplatz 3, D-64289 Darmstadt
The city web site (in German):
Regional Special Interest Groups
The site includes links to Bohemia-Moravia SIG, Denmark SIG, German-Jewish SIG, Hungary SIG and Stammbaum German SIG at
Dietesheim am Main
A book, authored by Mr. Joeg Neumeister-Jung, discusses the Jewish population of the town. Further information is available by contacting Steven Warner SWarner317@aol.com
Jews that can trace their roots here include the Feuchtwangen family which includes the writer Leon and musician Peter. Nearby Schoplach retains its original timbered Jewish school, and on an opposite pink wall, a synagogue memorial. Jews once comprised over 300 of the total population. A patois developed here, a mix of Yiddish, Hebrew, German and the local dialect. Called Lachoudisch - and supposedly a secret traders-only language - virtually all inhabitants spoke it. More information is available at the Hadassah web site's Archives
Situated northeast of Heilbronn.
Information about this town may be obtained by writing to
Rathaus of Kuenzelsau
German Zip Code: D-74677
Dobrzyca (Kordeshagen, (Koszalin, Poland)
Formerly called Kordeshagen, Pommem (Pomerania), Germany; now Dobrzyca (Koszalin), Poland. It is located on the coast in northern Poland, near Koszalin. Part of the former province Pommern, Prussia (Germany) pre-WWI, it is now in the re-designated province of Zachodniopomorskie.
Another town by the same name is located northwest of Poznan and just north of Pil~a (Pil~a was known as Schneidemuhl during the Prussian era). It was part of the former province of Posen, Prussia (Germany) pre-WWI and today it is the province of Wielkopolska.
Dobrzyca (Dobberschutz, Posen, Germany, now Dobrzyca (Pleszew) Poznan, Poland) Another town by the same name is located southeast of Jarocin and northeast of Krotoszyn, due west of Pleszew. It was formerly known as Dobberschutz, Posen, Germany, but now Dobrzyca (Pleszew) Poznan, Poland. It was part of the former province of Posen, Prussia (Germany) during pre-WWI. Today, it is in the province of Wielkopolska.
Prussia, or Preussen,
Was a very large German Kingdom which included parts of both western and eastern Europe in its heyday. The LDS Family History Library holds microfilms of the Jewish and Civil Records (in varying numbers for each separate place) for all three Dobrzycas. Just run a place search for Dobrzyca in their on-line catalog at
There are slightly more than 30,000 living today in this city that was totally destroyed in WW !! The city is located on the banks of the Elbe river and not far from the Czech capital of Prague.
Hatikvah Meeting Place
A source for cultural and historical information about the city's Jewish community Mr. Goldenbogen, is the historian and director.
A new synagogue, that has room for 300 worshipers, has been constructed in this former East German city. Rabbi Shneer Havlin runs a Lubavitch congregation. Roman Koenig is president of the Dresden Jewish community. On November 9-10, 1938 the Dresden synagogue was one of many synagogues burnt in the infamous Kristallnacht, however, a 24 year old fireman saved the Jewish Star of David and returned it to be used in the rebuilding of a new synagogue. On that same night, nearly 100 Jews were killed and tens of thousands of Jewish men were arrested.
Twenty-five Jews were living here in 1828, but the community was not established until 1875, when it numbered around 50. In 1814, there were three Jewish families, in 1828, 25 and in 1880 there were 50 or 5.8% of the total population of 866. The dead were buried in the Cemetery in Gross-Gerau.
There is/was a Steelerstrasse Synagogue in Essen which consisted of a 100 foot dome abutted by four stair towers. A similar design was created for the Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon
The former Essen synagogue, completed in 1913 by master builder Edmund Körner on behalf of the Jewish community, is the only free-standing major synagogue structure to have survived - at least externally - the Second World War. Today, it constitutes a unique cultural and architectural monument.
Had a Jewish community
Falkenberg, Germany, Jews at forced labor in the Geppersdorf camp.
Located south of Berlin. Names from this town from 1812-1874 appear on microfilm available through the LDS Family History Centers and the film number is 1418020: Austerlitz, Berliner, Cohn, Courland, Dienstfertig, Epstein, Forell, Fraenkel, Glaser, Goldstein, Heymann/Heimann, Sax/Sachs, Schindler, Silberberg, Ullmann and Welsch.
This region includes the villages of Kestrich, Windhausen, Ermenrod, Stumpenrod, Stondorff and many other villages and towns in the Vogelsberg area. Contact for further information is Ed Schechter email@example.com
A municipality of in Oberhausen, Germany dedicated a Rural Jewish Museum. The building site was the former synagogue of the town which was looted but not destroyed during Kristallnacht.
Regional Special Interest Groups
The site includes links to Bohemia-Moravia SIG, Denmark SIG, German-Jewish SIG, Hungary SIG and Stammbaum German SIG at
Located within the district of Langenfelde and was founded in 1886/87
It has a small Jewish cemetery that is not in use today
There was once a Jewish presence here
Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main )
Men Carry Lulav and Etrog during Sukkoth at the Friedberger Anlage Neue Synagogue in Frankfurt
Germany's financial center and transportation hub as well as the host of some important trade fairs. Institut fur Stadtgeschichte Frankfurt
Jewish Families of Frankfurt am Main
By 1848 Fuerth’s Jews constituted 17.5 percent of the general population. As late as 1935, 50% of the wholesalers, 14.5 % of the retailers. Go to Google and search: Fuerth Jews for a wealth of information
Regional Special Interest Groups German information and links. The site includes links to Bohemia-Moravia SIG, Denmark SIG, German-Jewish SIG, Hungary SIG and Stammbaum - German SIG at
The Crown of the Torah – A Testimony of the Jewish Community of Jebenhausen
Whenever a museum expands its collection, then this usually comes about through purchases or donations. At the end of the 1960s a new entrant was added to the museum collection, but this through the most unusual means: the object, wrapped in packaging without any notices or comments, was given to the city hall. The bearer of the object remained anonymous. Out from the packaging emerged a plate inscribed with Hebrew lettering. It was assumed that this plate was a witness to those in the Göppingen Jewish community members persecuted, expelled, and annihilated during the time of national socialism. Because such Ten Commandment plates were used frequently in southwest German Jewish communities to crown the torah shrine, it was then concluded that the plate found its origins from the Göppingen Synagogue, was saved from the rubble created by the synagogue’s destruction in 1938 and was thereafter preserved.
The Jewish population, (or Kehila), in this, the Czartoryski Territories in 1776, obtained from Appendix I of the book
"The Lords' Jews, Magnate-Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 18th Century"
Authored by M. J. Rosman amounted to 1.024.
The history of the Jewish community (German version) In Grebenau was a Jewish community until 1938.The issue goes to the time of the 18th Century ago, but Jews could, in earlier centuries, have lived at the site. The 18th Century documents are the oldest entries in a register of births, starting with the birth of Jaunle (?) Bachrach, son of Abraham Baruch 15 May 1734 . In 1770 there were six Jewish families at the site. In 19th Century the number of Jewish inhabitants were as follows: 1814 18 Jewish families (56 children), 122 Jewish inhabitants in 1828, 186 in 1861 (26.9% of total population 692), 170 in 1880 (25.5% of 666) , then Grebenau was the city with the highest Jewish population in Hesse, followed by Niedenstein ) 1895 127 (19.2% of 660), 1910 128 (20.0% of 640, in 30 families). Among the Jewish household heads, there were merchants, traders, but also craftsmen (one saddler and upholsterer, bakers, tailors, two shoemakers).
At facilities there existed a synagogue, a Jewish school ( Jewish elementary school from 1839 to 1929), a ritual bath and a cemetery . There was a teacher employed, who was also working as a cantor and shochet. After the founding of the Jewish elementary school, the first teacher of Saul Buchberger Friedberg . The Jewish teachers were employed in Grebenau state and also taught Christian pupils, especially since a 1899 merger between the Jewish and Protestant school was carried out as a simultaneous school, taught at the now two Protestant and one Jewish teacher. The village belonged to the Liberal Provinzial rabbinat in Giessen. In 1924 , when the Jewish community were still 86 people (12.5% of total population 687), was the community leader Abraham Weihl, Siegmund Schwab and Moses Kahn
Now in Thuringia. The boundaries of the contemporary German states have little in common with those of 100 years ago.
The Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer refers to its entry for Grodzisk which is on a railroad line in Poznan Province. In 1946, it had a population of 6,015.
Shtetl Finder Gazetteer
Authored by Chester G. Cohen lists a number of names for people from this town.
1882/1883 wurde die Gunzenhäuser Synagogue.
Photo obtained from this web site
Here you will find much information and other photos, plus family homes. This web site was created by students in Gunzenhausen, Germany (about 100 km SW of Fuerth and Nuremberg). The teacher had students research the Jewish Households that lived in the town before WWII and made a website out of what they learned--including photos of the homes of the families, family names, some documents, etc. They researched house ownership as far back at the 1600s in some cases. They keep adding information to the website, like advertisements for the family businesses in old newspapers. Perhaps you can find people related to you at the site. Carol Zsolnay firstname.lastname@example.org provided this information and the URL for this site.
Emil Fackenheim, renowned Jewish thinker was born here. He died in Jerusalem, September 2003. His works included 'Paths to Jewish Belief, God's Presence in History' and "To Mend the World'.
Located in the former East German state of Saxony-Anhalt, the synagogue has rededicated its 300 year old Torah Scroll after its restoration in Ukraine.
Hainchen, Kreis Büdlingen
The first Jews to settle here was in the 1580s and were Portuguese traders - Conversos who "passed" as Christians. Hamburg is Germany's largest port and is 75 miles inland from the North Sea. Detailed information about this city can be read in an article authored by Lois Gilman in the November 2008 issue of Hadassah Magazine.
In 1612, 125 Sefardim were granted official residence permits for five years on the payment of 1,000 marks. The Jewish population grew to over 600 by 1663 and was relocating to the Neustadt area.
A second Jewish community was established in the nearby fishing village of Altona which was under Danish rule and more liberal. Around 1842, after the great fire, two prominent Jews were Gumprich Marcus Warburg and Salomon Heine. Warburg's two eldest sons founded M.M. Warburg & Company which grew into an international private banking firm.
Some 6,400 Jews lived in Hamburg by 1800. Other special events occurring during this era were: the opening of the Talmud Torah School for the Poor by Mendel Frankfurter, grandfather of the famous Orthodox rabbi, Samson Raphael Hirsch.
At the turn of the 20th century, many Jews had moved from Neustadt to the Grindel area (known as little Jerusalem). In 1906, the community built an imposing Romanesque synagogue in Bornplatz; it was set afire on Kristallnacht in 1938 and demolished in 1939. Bornplatz was renamed Joseph-Carlebach Platz to honor Chief Rabbi Joseph Carlebach who served from 1936 until his deportation to Riga.
BallinStadt Family Research Center
You can get details about passengers who embarked between 1850 and 1934; birthplace, place of residence, occupation, destination and other family members. The digitized archive of five million names is free onsite and is also available for a fee at
Hamburg became a "free Imperial city" as far back as 1510. There was also (pre-Hitler), a small state of Hamburg, including the city, which had a bicameral legislature. Hamburg was one of several Free Hanseatic cities.
The Jewish population peaked at 20,000 in 1925 from a total of a million overall population. In 2008, the total population of the city is 1.75 million residents in an area of 300 square miles and is Germany's second largest city. The Jewish community now numbers about 3,500, though the actual true figure is really not known as many Jews still hide their identity as Jews.
Judischer Friedhof Cemetery
Located on Konigstrasse and has been in use from 1611 to 1869. Guided tours are available from Der Museumdienst Hamburg (49 40 428 1310)
Located at Grindelhof 30
Liberale Judische Gemeinde Hamburg
Phone 49 40 3208 6677
During the 19th century, Hamburg was a key city in the European migration to the New World. Five million emigrants, first from Germany and later from Eastern Europe and Russia passed through the port. The head of the Hamburg-American line (HAPAG) was Albert Ballin, a Jew who used cut-rate fares to lure travelers to Hamburg and then claimed "my field is the world".
In 1901, the HAPAG company opened an emigration town to house the emigrants-to-be. BallinStadt, south of the Elbe River on Veddel Island. It was a self-contained village of red-brick dormitories, dining halls with a kosher canteen, stores, church, synagogue and hospital that served up to 5,000 emigrants at a time - man of them Jewish.
juedischefriedhoefehamburg.html (In German)
In 1841, the Israelitische Krankenhaus - The Jewish Hospital - opened at 2 Simon-von-Utrecht Strasse in the St.
During the 17th and 18th centuries was where Jews, such as those who lived in neighboring Altona, were permitted
to enter or leave the city. It is in the St. Pauli district.
Museum for Hamburg History
Located at Holstenwall 24
Phone: 49 40 4281 3223-80
There is a small permanent exhibit on Jewish life in Hamburg from 1580 to the present.
Rabbi Eduard Dukesz officiated in Hamburg prior to WW II and published several books and articles on the Hamburg Jewish Families.
Honoring those who were murdered
Bet Israel synagogue (long gone) was established at what is now Alter Wall 48/49, near the intersection of downtown's Alter Wall and Mönkedamm. A bunker in the Hamburg Square, once housed the Bornplatz synagogue
and now is the home to several Hamburg University faculties, with a memorial marking the site of the destroyed
place of worship.
34 Hohe Weide
Was built in 1960. To attend a service, you must call ahead.
Founding of a Reform temple happened in 1841 - The New Israelite Temple Society; and the building of its first temple at 43/45 Erste Brunnenstrasse.
Hanau am Main
There is a Jewish cemetery/cemeteries located here
Jewish Cemetery in Hannover
A number of Holocaust survivors recovered here after the Holocaust.
"Synagogengeimiende" in Hannover"
(Synagogue Register) file is located in the LDS film library.
Located in Bavaria once had a Jewish population as did many surrounding villages.
Map of city provided to Ted and Shirley Margulis when they stayed at Zimmerausweis Hotel
Heidelberg, Baden. A Jewish community with a synagogue and cemetery existed in the early 14th century, and was destroyed in the Black Death persecutions of 1348-49, with all Jewish property expropriated by Elector Rupert I. A new community was established within a number of years. Jews traded in cattle and operated stalls in the municipal market as well as engaging in brokerage and money lending. In 1390 they were expelled by Rupert II together with all the Jews of the Palatinate.
Few Jews lived in Heidelberg up to the late 17th century. The Oppenheimer family arrived around 1660, with the well-known Court Jew Joseph Suess Oppenheimer born there in 1698. By 1743, 12 Jewish families were present as the community continued to expand despite local opposition. In 1724, Jews were admitted to Heidelberg University for the first time and maintained a student body of 19 throughout the century.
The city dates back to the 12th century and much has been preserved having avoided damage during WW II. The University Library houses the 14th century Manesse Manuscript of medieval songs
Der Synagogenplatz um 1985
In 1492 it was the central burial grounds for Jews in and around Heilbronn, Wimpfen and the country Swabia
Has a Jewish cemetery which is not cared for.
1936 stellten sich jüdische Männer von Hemsbach zu einem Foto auf der Treppe zur Synagoge auf; von links: Moses Simon, Wilhelm Oppenheimer, Hermann Simon, Caesar Oppenheimer, Ernst Günzburger, Moritz Oppenheimer, Lehrer Siegfried Gold, unbekannt, Oppenheimer, Josef Oppenheimer, Theo Pfälzer, Adolf Plaut, Meier Plaut und Karl Pfälzer.
Hemsbach will be one of the first towns on the motorway leading from Frankfurt-on-Main via Darmstadt to Heidelberg. A home to Jews since the 17th century, the town's Jewish population peaked in 1846 when 142 represented about one-tenth of all its citizenry. By 1933 there were still 54 left. Nowadays, its Jewish cemetery and former synagogue, now restored, bear testimony to their former presence. More than 300 years old, the cemetery is situated east of town in a romantic forested setting. Jews from neighbouring locales are also buried there
SynagogueVor der Synagoge 1936
(Quelle: Die Hemsbacher Synagoge,
Hrsg. von Edwin H. Höhn 1988 s. Lit.)
Heppenheim an der Bergstrafe, Hesse-Darmstadt
Martin Buber's house (1916–38) in Heppenheim, Germany. Now the headquarters of the International Council of Christians and Jews.
There were Jews living in Heppenheim by the Middle Ages. The town was part of the Archbishopric of Mainz from 1232 to 1803 and there were repeated ecclesiastical measures undertaken to persecute Jews. Jewish life in the town was wiped out during the persecution that accompanied the Plague in 1348 and 1349. The modern community was founded in the 17th century. About 1900, there were some 40 Jewish families, with 200 to 300 people living in town. That figure fell to 113 people by 1933, a result of migration and emigration.
Located in the north - the western German town of Herford after more than 70 years after the old synagogue was destroyed under Nazi rule opened their new synagogue. The old synagogue of Herford was destroyed under Nazi rule in the so-called “Kristallnacht” (night of broken glass) pogrom of November 9, 1938, when synagogues and Jewish shops where destroyed all over Germany. The new synagogue was built for two million euros (2.7 million dollars) at the original site of its predecessor after the prayer room in a neighbouring building had become too small. Like many Jewish communities in Germany, the community of Herford has grown significantly due to the influx of Jews from the former Soviet Union since 1990.About 110,000 Jews currently live in Germany, including some 30,000 in North Rhine-Westphalia state. Since the mid-1990s ten new synagogues have been built in the state.
"There is much history to this part of Germany, of course, but the origin of Hessen-Kessel really goes back to Philip, Landgrave of Hessen, one of the greatest of Hessen rulers, who reunited many of the then disparate territories during the Lutheran Schmalkaldic War of the 1540s. In 1526, Philip had introduced Lutheranism and the following year founded the University of Marburg. He was also one of the leaders of the Schmalkaldic League in 1531. When he died in 1567, his Hessen was divided among his four sons into Hessen-Kassel, Hessen-Marburg, Hessen-Rheinfels and Hessen-Darmstadt.
Hessen-Kassel at this time, was shaped something like a very broad Y lying on its side, and extended from Karlshafen in the north to Ziegenhain in the south, and from Fitzlar in the west to Eschwee in the east. It had been given to Wilhelm IV (the Wise) (1532-1592), Philip's eldest son; it encompassed about 1/2 of Philip's holdings The Herrschaft Schmalkalden, in Thüringen, was added in 1583, at the death of his brother Philip, and later Plessa and parts of Hoya and Henneberg.
By 1650 (after the Peace of Westfalen of 1648 ending the Thirty Years' War), Hessen-Kassel included various territories as far west as Frankenberg, Brendenkopt and Marburg. In 1736, the Graftschafte (countships) Hanau-Lichtenberg and Hanau-Munzenberg were added to Hessen-Kessel which by this time was a much more powerful Duchy.
In 1803, Bonaparte raised Hessen-Kassel to the status of an electorate, and it was then known as "Kurhessen", after Jena in 1806, it was occupied by the French. In 1807, he joined Hessen-Kassel to Westfalen along with Braunschweig and Hannover. In 1816, the old lands of Fulda were restored, but Katzenelbogn was lost; as compensation, Hessen-Kassel was raised to a Grand duchy. Various small additions and deletions of territories continued to occur as they had for decades, but by 1866, the Grand duchy of Hessen-Kassel looked like a backwards "C", with the top of the "C" being very thick. It now extended from Karlshafen in the north to Hanau and Gelnhausen in the south; the top, thick part of the "C" had extended s far west as Frankfurt. The Grand duchy still included the separated territory of Schmalkalden in Thüringen, but also now included Schaumburg in Schaumburg-Lippe.
Finally, in 1867, Hessen-Kassel ceased to exist as an entity; most of its territory was absorbed into the "new" Hessen-Nassau, a large doughnut-shaped territory that extended as far west as Koblenz and Katzenellenbogen, with and area from Homburg to Frankfurt, and from Schlitz to Wetzlar being the doughnut's "hole". From a posting by P. S. Wyant.
Klaus Konrad-Tromsdorf, translation by Elborg Forster
A "History of the Jews in Hessen" was not what Paul Arnsberg set out to write, as he remarked in the two -volume work on the Jewish congregations in Hessen he published in 1971. Given the "existing and published historical materials, there is no need for such a history ... and moreover it would hardly say anything new." Because of certain historically determined peculiarities it is indeed necessary to examine the Jewish congregations in specific regions of Hessen; hence the focus on the Darmstadt province of Upper Hessen, where Hilda Stern's family made its home.
Jewish Cemetery in Hohenhausen (Kalletal)
Located SW of Hannover
CemeteryGerman: Jüdischer Friedhof Ohlsdorf or Jüdischer Friedhof Ilandkoppel) also known as Ilandkoppel Jewish Cemetery is a Jewish cemetery in the Ohlsdorf district of Hamburg, Germany. It is the only operating Jewish cemetery in Hamburg and still used for burials according to the Jewish ritual and tradition. It is adjacent to the large non-denominational Ohlsdorf Cemetery where more than 1.5 million people are buried.
The Jewish cemetery was established in 1882/83 by the Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities following contracts with the City of Hamburg, which remained owner of the land. It is the only Jewish cemetery in Hamburg in use today
A Jewish community in Wuerttemberg from 1777 to 1900. This site contains links to information on the Synagogue, Cemetery and Families of this Jewish village
Located with the district of Wandsbek and was founded in 1886. It has a small disused Jewish cemetery.
"Juchen: Ausgegrenzt. Ausgeliefert. Ausgeloscht. Oberlebt?"
(Juchen: Displaced. Extradited. Obliterated. Survive?)
Has a Jewish cemetery which still shows signs of war damage
A major city and important Jewish center
A 2,000 year old city at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers and the center for the wine trade of the Middle Rhine region. It was originally a Roman military outpost (about 9 BC) and then in the 13th century the city was a member of the Hanseatic League, a commercial federation of European cities. Following the French Revolution in 1799, Koblenz came under French rule, and a short time after that, in 1815, it was Prussia's turn. After WW I (1918), it was occupied for a time by American and French troops. During WW II it was heavily damaged from bombings.
Kochendorf (now Bad Friedrichshall, Baden Wuerttemberg)
Located near Heilbronn. There was a Jewish community until 1925. Alice Josephs offers her genealogy website
and also runs the Herz Family genealogy and Kochendorf genealogy mailing lists. To subscribe, send an Email: to Herzemail@example.com
or visit the website with a searchable archive at
Neckarsulm (Heilbronn) Jewish Cemetery
A virtual tour is at
Chief town of Upper Alsace, Germany, on the Lauch and the Fecht rivers and in the province of Posen in 1817. At the beginning of the thirteenth century Colmar had a large community of Jews, who enjoyed the favor of the municipal authorities. They occupied a special quarter, where they had a synagogue. The building was destroyed by fire in 1279.
The Standesamt, has records from 1800 on. The building itself was damaged in WW II, but records were not.Cemetery
Bergen Postfach 1199. D-29296
There are supposedly 8000 Jewish people buried in the cemetery.
Birth Certificates, Family History
Located in Rhineland-Pfalz, near Trier
Located about 50 km north of Ulm, in today's Baden-Wurttemberg.
Situated northeast of Heilbronn. It is probably the district's main place. Write to the Rathaus of Kuenzelsau for further information. German zip Code: D-74653
The city has a Jewish cemetery which still shows signs of war damage
Renamed Konigsreihe, is located with the district of Wandsbek and was founded in 1637. It was closed in 1886.
There was a Jewish presence here before WW II
There was a Jewish presence here before WW II
There was a Jewish presence before WW II.
A small town near the University town of Giessen in the German state of Hesse.
Located in northern Germany and about 40 miles northeast of Hamburg. The town is famous for its red-brick Gothic architecture. It has a small Jewish population that has been growing with the influx of Russian Jews.
There is a synagogue which has had several bomb threats and in March, 1994, was firebombed by neo-Nazis. The synagogue is located at St.-Annen-Strasse 13 in the Old Town.
The Gutenberg Museum
Opened in 2000 where the Gutenberg printing press and Bible are housed. The inventor, Johannes Gutenberg was born here in 1397. He was the first to create moveable type.
An industrial city
Index of Names in Memorbuch of Mannheim
Maroldsweisach ( A small village)
In the Revue du Cercle de Genealogie Juive, #102 Revue 102. Summary A genealogical enquiry from Metz to the Rhine valley
The posterity of Raphakl Vorms from Bionville, (Part three) Louis VORMS and Guy WORMS close their 3-part article on the descendency of Raphakl Vorms from Bionville, their common ancestor born in Bionville on Nied ( Moselle ) and died there in 1801. The list of his descendants, limited to those deceased during the early 20th century, contains several hundred entries.
More about Claude Levi-Strauss Thanks to the Paris vital records recently put on-line, Guy WORMS publishes his latest discoveries and corrections about the ancestors of Claude Livi-Strauss, the well known French ethnologist recently deceased.
Michelbach an der Luecke
There is a mid-eighteenth century synagogue behind Judengasse 4 that survived Kristallnacht and is currently a museum commemorating the area's Jews. Among displayed memorabilia are a concentration camp jacket; a tiny Swabian Torah; and bits from the Geniza, accidentally rescued when page fragments from sacred books were noticed in a trash can. There is a local contact Dieter Kleinhass telephone 795 532-42. Further information about this area can be found in an article "The Romantic Road" in The Hadassah Magazine of June/July 2002
This page contains photos of door frames that show "Mezuzahs" imprints on the wooden frames.
A municipality in Westerwaldkreis district, Rhineland-Palatinate, in western
Mühlheim am Main
A book, authored by Mr. Joeg Neumeister-Jung, discusses the Jewish population of the town. Further information is available by contacting Steven Warner SWarner317@aol.com
Mülheim an der Donau
There was a large Jewish presence here before WW II, today it is the second largest Jewish community, after Berlin. A new community center is being constructed in the heart of this city on Jakobsplatz and will feature a glass-topped synagogue, a Jewish school, museum and kosher restaurant. It is expected to be completed in 2005. The current community headquarters, in Munich's cultural and political center, is tucked into a small building with an enclosed courtyard.
Charlotte Knobloch is the president of Munich's 8,000 member Jewish community.
"Juden in Buttenhausen"
Published in German by the city of Munsingen in 1994
Myslowitz (Kreis Pless)
Located in the Prussian province of Silesia. Population in 1905, 15,845
Neustadt, Silesia, Germany
Now currently Prudnik, Opole, Poland. The archive address is
Urzad Miasta i Gminy w Prudniku,
ul. T. Kosciuszki 3, 48-200
Regional Special Interest Groups
The site includes links to Bohemia-Moravia SIG
Denmark SIG, German-Jewish SIG, Hungary SIG and Stammbaum - German SIG
Scattered tombstones have been recovered and the Jewish cemetery, Gute Ort, has been
restored in this former East German town.
There are also records for Nieder-Weisel which is in Hessen, including Evangelical Lutheran
church, civil registration, and Jewish records. If you go to
and click on Search for Ancestors and then Family History Library Catalog and then go to
Place and write in the city/town you want, you can see what is available
There was a Jewish presence here before WW II. The Yizkor book is available in PDF format
List of emigrants from the village of Hegensdorf in Nordrhein-Westfalen and includes the nearby village of Keddinghausen
A walled 13th century city of 490,500 people. In 1806, Bavaria acquired control of Nuremberg, and in 1835 it became the final stop on the first German railroad. From 1933 to 1938 it was the site of the annual conventions of the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi Party). It was at a 1935 meeting that the notorious Nuremberg Laws were put into effect, depriving German Jews of many civil rights. During the 14th and 15th centuries, it was a great intellectual center of Europe.
Nurnberg was devastated by bombs in WW II. Much of the city was rebuilt and its Old World charm was restored.
Germanic National Museum
Contains the largest collection of Germanic art and culture from pre-history to the present. The museum is a cluster of buildings, from a 13th century monastery to one built in 1993 by Israeli architect Dani Karavan, all celebrating the culture, technology and crafts of Germany from prehistoric times through to the present.
Gerhard Jochem of the Nuremberg City Archives contributed additions and corrections to the necrology and by following the links from this site you will find additional information
"Memorial Book for Nuremberg's Victims of Shoah"
Micheline Gutmann, of the GenAmi French Genealogy Society, has authored an article in the Number 14 GenAmi Newsletter, entitled "A Touristic and Genealogical tree in Germany" which includes Nurnberg, Rothenburg, Fuerth, Bamberg, Weimar and Leipzig
Once located in Prussia, but now is known as Giogowek, Poland.
Has a well kept cemetery. Here is a very interesting family site that contains a great deal of information.
There were 12,245 Jews living in the area in 1871
The Jewish cemetery is open and the keys may be obtained from the Jewish Community
Ottensen (District of )
The Jewish cemetery was founded in 1663 with approximately 1,000 graves. In 1941, it was desecrated by the National Socialist regime and disturbed by the building of bunkers in 1939 and 1942/43. In 1995, the "Mercado" shopping center was erected on the spot, after consultation with a rabbi from Israel. A plaque has been erected at the site.
Tel. 09123 / 9691-0
Fax 09123 / 9691-20
Web Site (In German)
One of Germany's oldest and most picturesque medieval cities. It is located at the eastern edge of Bavaria near the Austrian border. It is situated at the confluence of the Danube, the Ilz and the Inn Rivers. Called the Dreifluessestadt (City on Three Rivers) because of its location, Passau is an elegant town. An interesting photo site of Passau and other German and Czech cities are available at Bill Ernst's web site
Select Europe for some fantastic photos - a real treat and definitely of interest.
Historical postcard of Pflaumloch overlooking synagogue and church
Synagogue in Pflaumloch
Listing of the municipalities in the province Pommern (conditions: May 1939) in both German and in English
Located outside Berlin, a new synagogue will be built for a community that has grown to 800 from practically nothing before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
At one time it was in Hungary
This is Germany's largest medieval city. It is beautifully preserved as it suffered no damage during WW II.
Schleswig-Holstein Applications of Emigration, 1868-1870
Reminiscences of Jacob Greenbaum, Sr., written for his children in 1859
Rödelheim, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse
Use the following web site and fill in the requested name information
Located near Posen and it had Jewish Community at one time.
Located in Bavaria
"Departure And Return: Trips To And Memories From Roth, Germany"
Authored by Walter Roth, it is a memoir of life as the last Jewish child born in the village of Roth, in 1929, and as a refugee in Chicago in the 1940s. On visits to his birthplace, Roth, an attorney, describes uneasy reunions with villagers and new bonds formed with the next generation.
Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber
Jews appeared in 1180 when a rabbi's presence was noted and a community was first recorded in 1241. Rabbi Meir ben Baruch (the Maharam) arrived and established a leading learning center in 1246. In 1298 there were more than 500 Jews out of a total population of 3,500, and most were massacred during the Rindfleisch persecutions. Many, including Jews from surrounding areas, fled to the Rothenburg castle, but were incinerated there. Nine hundred Jews were killed making this the worst medieval pogrom.
In the 1300s, Jews once again established a community and in 1520, they faced 'expulsion' by a so-called 'cleansing' measure'. Only in 1875 did eight families come to start a new community, but membership didn't exceed one hundred. The thirteenth and fourteenth century houses along the Judengasse comprise one of German's best preserved Jewish quarters. Beyond the hill's foot is the Imperial City Museum in whose basement is a Jewish section with medieval tombstones.
Off Kirchplatz lies the 12th century partially fortified Kapellenplatz, where the first Jewish quarter existed. The Judentanzhaus (Jewish Dance house) begun in the 14th century and rebuilt after WW II, borders the Meir ben Baruch Garden, partially enclosed by a wall embedded with medieval Jewish tombstones. More information about this city can be found in the June/July 2002 issue of Hadassah Magazine.
This is one of the best preserved walled towns in Germany. There is the Judentanzhaus (Jew's dance hall) which was converted to other uses after the Jews were expelled in the 13th century. There are a number of Jewish tombstones incorporated into the wall outside the house. The Imperial Museum has a Judaica room which includes some religious articles including a Torah breastplate and the Book of Esther and some Jewish tombstones with the translation of the names on the stones.
Rottweil am Neckar
Located in southern Germany in the State of Baden-Wurttemberg. Jews have lived here from the 14th century
An ancient little town known for it's Riesling wines. Use the following web site and fill in the requested name information
Emigrants from Reimsbach (Saarland) to America 1846-1889
An area of Germany i.e. Schleswig Holstein
Dithmarschen Emigrants (1868-1920)
A listing of about 3600 people who emigrated from Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein
Now in western Poland had a Jewish community
Schroda - (Sroda in Polish)
Located 20 miles southeast of Poznan, in Poznan Province. It had a population of 9,872 in 1946.
Located within the district of Harburg and was founded at the end of the 17th century. It has a small, disused Jewish cemetery today.
Schwäbisch Gmünd (German pronunciation:) is a town in the eastern part of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. With a population of around 60,000, the town is the second largest in the Ostalbkreis and the whole region of East Württemberg after Aalen. The town is a Große Kreisstadt, a chief town under district administration; it was the chief town of its own rural district until the district reform on 1 January 1973
"Der Jüdische Friedhof in Schwäbisch Hall Steinbach"
Authored by Heinrich Kohring
"Eine Gute Woche! Jüdische Türme as Schwäbisch Gmünd" (The Jewish Towers in Schwäbisch Gmünd) [Hardcover]
Selz and the Kutschurgan Valley
Sepolno Krajenskie (Zempelburg Westpreussen [W. Prussia]
Before WWI (c. 1900) was Zempelburg Westpreussen [W. Prussia], Germany
A bunker was built on the site the synagogue which is in North Rhine Westphalia, and the synagogue building was destroyed on Kristallnacht.
"History of the Stern Family of Soest"
Authored by Greta Stern.
Direct-line descendants can get a copy of a death certificate from Germany by writing to the town Standesamt for years after 1874. Copies cost 7 EU each and they take cash. You can obtain Euros from your local bank.
The town lost part of the original Jews between 1850 and 1915 when they emigrated to the US. Those Jews who were left behind, in some cases, were able to flee from the Nazis or were killed by them. John is trying to trace those Jewish families who were in the first wave.
John Floeth firstname.lastname@example.org founded "Museumsverein Synagogue Staudernheim" in 1989 to restore the former synagogue.
Stein am Kocher
The Jewish Community and Cemetery along with a transcription 'Standesbuch fur die Judische Gemeinde Stein am Kocher'
There are at least 26 towns in Germany named Steinberg - from Bavaria to Schleswig Holstein.
A Pomeranian (German) city for hundreds of years. At the end of WWII, Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt awarded it to Poland in compensation for eastern Polish territories that were given to the Soviet Union. At that stage Stettin was renamed Szczecin. The Germans were expelled. The Jewish community, dating in modern times to 1812, had previously been deported in 1940 and later killed by the Germans in Poland. This was the first German Jewish community to be so treated by the Nazis.
In the Jewish Encyclopedia (in the 1950's) there were about a 1000 Polish Jews in the city, but that these had mostly left during the Polish anti-Semitic persecutions in the late 1960's.
The old Jewish cemetery is completely decimated, but a dozen or so grave stones were preserved and placed in a small square. The German cemetery was completely destroyed.
Stockstadt am Rhein is a village of about 2,000 people with two Jewish families in 1938.
Located not far from Liebenwalde. Mecklenburg-Strelitz is a Kreis (district) in the southern part of
Has several Jewish cemeteries
There is information available at:
ul. Lipowa 7
Mr. Zygmunt Proniewicz is maintaining the museum privately.
Tel: (0 1044 55) 247 80 71
"Süssen is Now Free of Jews—World War II, the Holocaust, and Rural Judaism"
Authored by Gilya Gerda Schmidt and published by Fordham University Press, 2012. The story of two Jewish families whose lives were drastically altered by Hitler’s rise to power and the consequences.
Tilsit (Tilsit Ostpreussen)
Postcard of Tilsit on the River Memel sent by Leah Silberg on leaving for Palestine, 1924
A town of Germany, in the Prussian province of East Prussia, situated on the left bank of the Memel or Niemen rivers
"Holocaust. 2. From the persecution of the Jews to Mass Murder"
Authored by David Cesarani
Trier existed 1,300 years before Rome, proclaims the inscription on Trier's Rotes Haus (Red House). Although Trier is Germany's oldest city, it was actually founded by the Romans around 16 B.C.
Albert Einstein was born here on March 14, 1879 and died on April 18, 1955 at age 76. His ashes were scattered at an undisclosed place around Princeton, New Jersey.
Has a well kept cemetery
The Steinfelds lived for generations in the town of Versmold, country NW in Germany. In the testament of Bernhard Steinfeld, born 1817 and died 1893, something is written about his children. The mother of Bernhard Steinfeld was Esther Abraham and the name of his stepfather was Bendix Heilbrunn. Bernhard s sister was called Malchen, born 1814. This information is written in a book by Volker Beckmann title:
"Judische Berger im Amt Versmold"
Bernhard Steinfeld was married to Vogel Nathanson and they had five children.
1.Mathilde St. was married to Salomon Wolf. They married in 1865. 2.Bertha St. was married to Salli Kaufmann in1874. Salli was a cattle-trader. They had two children, Therese and Fedor. Family Kaufmann emigrated to New York. 3.Sprinsgen St. was married to the cattle-trader Simon Dejong in 1855. Simon was from Ahaus. 4.Julie St., was the owner of a linen shop in Dusseldorf.
5.Abraham St., born 30.04.1852 and died 1920. He was the main-heir and after his father s death the owner of a slaughter firm, a farm with cows and the residence Wiesenstr. 1 in Versmold. Abraham was married with Julie Gumprich, born 06.12.1857 in Borghorst No.15. The parents of Julie were Salomon Gumprich and Sophia Meyberg. Julie Steinfeld died 11.10.1943 in Theresienstadt. Abraham and Julie Steinfeld had five children.
1. Erna was married to Mr. Meyer. He was from Ostercappeln / Osnabruck.
2. Alfred, died in the First World War.
3. Selma, born 17.02.1893 and died in Auschwitz.
4. Bernhard, born 24.08.1894. He died in the Shoa 1945 (in a Jewish hospital).
5. Alma, born 01.03.1901 and died in Auschwitz.
The documents of the Steinfeld family are now in a special office for analysis in Versmold. From a posting by Renate Vahrenbrink, Borgholzhausen in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Located about 25 kilometers southeast of Leimen, there is a Jewish cemetery, which was used at times by as many as 30 Jewish communities in the area
Blick auf den Eingang zum Mausoleum
The first Jews arrived here in 1637 and a synagogue was established around 1687. By1807, the population of the town was almost 10 percent Jewish. The synagogue at Wilhelmstrasse 16 still stands, though it is now a furniture factory.
Lothar Bembenek, a school teacher from this city whose initiative led to the creation of the Active Museum Spiegelgasse for German Jewish History. Dorothee Lottmann-Kaeseler is the curator of the museum since 1998.
Wertheim (Wertheim am Main)
Located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber rivers, it is a small, old, Franconian town established as a market town. Glass making was developed in the area in the 17th century and Bohemian artisans invented crystal. There is a Glass Museum in Wertheim.
There is a plaque memorializing the Jewish settlement that was once here. There was once a synagogue that was destroyed and a church built on its site
Although the site is in German, it can easily be deciphered
Ian Willms for The New York Times
The Jewish cemetery in Wittlich. Its tombstones date from 1671; the most recent is from 1941.
Toby Bird noted a New York Times article on an American Jewish hockey player in contemporary Germany. The article refers to "Kaufmann's family's roots in Wittlich, Germany. It includes a picture of the Wittlich Jewish cemetery. . . ." For the Kaufmann family and for others with family in the Middle Mosel area, please take note of a new book by Marie-Luise Conen and Hilde Weirich,
"Judische Familien von der Mittelmosel: Lebensverlaufe von 1714 bis zur Gegenwart"
[Jewish Families on the Middle Mosel: Their Life Trajectory from 1714 to the Present], Paulinus, Emil Frank Institute, 2010. Specific references to the Kaufmann family with connections to Wittlich appear beginning on pp. 202 ff. For the hockey player's grandfather and great aunt, see pp. 248-49. From a posting by Paul King
Today, the town has a few thousand residents
This city is the home to a rich Jewish heritage. The Jewish Quarter features Germany's oldest synagogue and Jewish cemetery, both of which date to the eleventh century. Speyer, Worms and Mainz in the Rhineland region of Germany. This group of small towns is the heart of Ashkenaz — the place where Jewish life as many of us know it began. It was here that R. Gershom prohibited polygamy, where Rashi studied Torah and where R. Amnon of
Mainz composed the haunting words of the U’Netana Tokef prayer that we still sing on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
A Jewish presence had existed prior to WW II. The first Jew may have come in the 11th century, with an established community by 1100. The site of the Gothic Virgin Mary Church is built on the former site of the synagogue that was burned in 1349. A mikva'ot'oth, not normally viewable, lies below the sacristy. It is located in the state of Bavaria on the Main river and is a commercial center of an agricultural region most noted for its vineyards.
Notable families from this town include the Lehmanns (from Rimpar); the Gimbels; some Morgenthaus; the Sachs (of Goldman Sachs fame) and Levi Strauss.
Once prosperous and elegant, Wurzburg suffered tremendous damage during WW II. It has been successfully restored.
D-97070 - Wuerzburg
Fax: 011 49 931 (from US)
Director: Dr. Werner Wagenhoefer
Jewish Community Center and Synagogue
Over 2,000 Soviet Jews now live in this town having moved here in 1991.
Künftig Ahnenforschung für Junden in Würzburg
A new research center, The Ephraim Gustav Hoenlein Genealogy Project, designed to help Jews of Germanic descent trace their origins is opened. Archivist is Michael Schneeberger. Queries will be processed through the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation office in Frankfurt at email@example.com
011 49 69 7137-460 or 011 49 69 7137-4629.
There was a Jewish cemetery that was founded in 1766 and closed in 1898 due to a decreasing number of members in the Jewish community. The cemetery was destroyed in March 1933. An organization in Zehdenick was formed to remember the Jewish community and to restore the cemetery. The Brandenburg Rabbi and the cantor of the Berlin Jewish community took part. The organization is called "Sachar / Erinnern e.V" From a posting by Eberhard Zastrau firstname.lastname@example.org
Books on this country are available using my link to Amazon.com. Frequent persecution, such as massacres at the time of the Black Death in 1349 and expulsions in 1391 and again in 1530, prevented communities from developing roots in Luxembourg. In the 1930s, the small Jewish population more than doubled, mostly because of immigration from Germany. Amazingly, most of the Jewish community survived the Holocaust.
Archives Nationales - in Luxemburg
An article about the Luxembourg, history of the Jewish community, is available in the GenAmi number 6 issue of GenAmi, November, 1998 and authored by Laurent Moyse. The genealogy of two important families coming from France and established in Luxembourg. The Godchaux family came from Thionville in 1803 and the family Fix came from Bourbonee-les-Bains. In this family, the general Louis Ferdinand Fix had been the commandant of the "Constitution" and had an important part in the Civil War. He is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
Jewish Community of Luxemburg
Consistoire Israelite de Luxembourg
Luxemburg L2018, Luxembourg
Located just outside Luxembourg City, there are graves of American soldiers here, including those who died fighting in the "Battle of the Bulge"
Map of Luxembourg
Jews settled in Zurich at least as early as 1273, 18 years before the establishment of the first Swiss Confederation consisting of three cantons. There is an oral tradition that Jews first came to Switzerland with the Romans in the four century, but there isn't any proof. In the Middle Ages, 1,200 Jews arrived in Switzerland from Alsace and the Upper Rhine area. In 1349, there was an official policy of persecuting, burning and murdering Jews, who were accused of bringing the plaque.
The modern Jewish community was founded in the early 1800s under Napoleonic rule, when France forced the Swiss to liberalize religion.
There are about 18,000 - 20,000 Jews living in the Jewish Community today and with the exception of those affiliated with the Reform movement, are united under the umbrella organization Schweizerischer Israelitischer Gemeindebung (SIG).
In the 1930s, there was extensive immigration of Jews fleeing Germany -- 29,000 came between 1939 and 1945 -- even with very restrictive immigration laws. About 24,500 Jewish immigrants were refused entry and sent back to their ultimate death.
Zurich's approximately 6,500 member community, which speaks Swiss-German, is split along religious lines. The first woman president of Switzerland was Ruth Dreifuss and Vera Rosenberg is a member of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. In Basel, the governor, Ralph Lewin, is Jewish.
Books on this country can be found at my link to Amazon.com.
"Familiennamenbuch der Schweiz,"
Available in English as
"Swiss Surnames: A Complete Register"
Historically there were only a limited number of Swiss "surname clans," each of which is listed in this register along with the surname clan's home community (commune). A Swiss would be considered a citizen of this home commune by inheritance, even if he/she was born elsewhere, and the home commune would maintain registration records for him/her. So if you can find one or more communes listed for your surname, you should write to each of them and ask for information about your ancestor.
Archives - Federal Archives - in Bern
The Swiss National Archive has about 22,000 police files for Jewish refugees who sheltered in Switzerland.
You can expect that the documents you may receive can be written in German, Italian,
French or some in all three languages.
The Swiss National Archive
Has the police files for Jewish refugees who sheltered in Switzerland - there were approximately 22,000. Should you write and receive a response from the Archive, you may expect to receive information in German, Italian and possibly in French.
Business 2 business company directory and business in Europe, yellow pages access, international and European business directory (professional services, addresses and business classifieds
This is a discussion group and there is a lot of information about Jewish genealogical research in
France, French Colonies and French-speaking areas including Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
German, Swiss and Austrians Deported From France
Holocaust: Jewish Refugees in Switzerland during World War II
Verband Schweizerischer Judischer Fursorgen
CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland
Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zurich ICZ
CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland
Communaute Israelite de Geneve
1205 Geneva, Switzerland
"Jewish Military Casualties in the Polish Armies in World War II"
History, names and burial places of the Jewish soldiers in the Polish armies, including
those who fought in France, Norway, North Africa and Switzerland. Authored by Benjamin Mertchak - a 5 volume set.
The Zurich-based German-language weekly Tachles serves Jews throughout Switzerland.
"The Jewish Cemetery of La Tour-de-Peilz"
An article authored by Anne-Marie Faraggi Rychner and published in the Sephardi Genealogical and Historical Society and Review Issue 4, Vol. 2, Spring 1999 issue - is a survey of the cemetery that was established in 1908 near Lausanne. The inscriptions of eighty tombstones (out of 400) with Sephardi surnames are listed.
From the beginning of the seventeenth century until 1862, Jews could not be buried on
Swiss soil, instead they were interred on a small island in the Rhine known as the
Judeninsel. Only in 1750 were Jews permitted to acquire another cemetery, between the
two villages of Edingen and Lengnau.
Map of Switzerland
Cities and Towns of Switzerland
It was in this city that Theodor Herzl drew up the blueprint of Zionism. By 1910, more
than 2,000 Jews had come from Russia and the cultural identity began to change as Rhineland and Alsatian culture mixed with Eastern European customs. Today, it is estimated that there are 2,000
Jews in the city.
The Jewish Museum
Located at Kornhausgasse 8
Biel - Bienne
One of the finest wine growing areas in Switzerland
Located in the Canton of Aargau, about 15 miles northwest of Zurich, it has a synagogue with bells and a clock on its facade. Jews lived here from at least 1678 and built their first synagogue in 1755. In 1850 there were 990 Jews, today only one family.
"In the way of background, I am a descendent of the Guggenheim family of Endingen. The village of Endingen today has two Jewish families. Endingen had a celebration June 18, 1998, of the 1,200-year anniversary of Ober-Endingen and Unter-Endingen. Endingen’s municipal government actually invited participation in the celebration by Jewish families that
had departed shortly after the Swiss emancipated them in 1866 (but in fact, in about 1883)
In the way of background, my connection to Endingen is through my grandfather, Gustav Guggenheim. Gustav was born, out of wedlock, June 10, 1892, in Ober Endingen, to Henriette Guggenheim." From an email from Alan Guggenheim email@example.com
There is a Jewish presence in this city and a synagogue
Located in the Canton of Neuchatel. It has and was a strong Jewish community
A neighboring town to Edingen there has been a Jewish presence since 1622. They spoke a Western Yiddish dialect known as Surbtal Yiddish. The first synagogue was built in 1755. The one visible today was built in 1847. There are some 30 Jewish inhabitants housed in Altersheim, a century-old Jewish old-age home with about 50 residents, Jews and non-Jews. Simon Guggenheim, the grandfather of Guggenheim lived here. In 1848 they emigrated to the United States, where Meyer and his seven sons amassed a huge fortune in mining. Another personality from this town was William Wyler who won an Oscar for Ben Hur in 1959.
The city is surrounded by the Swiss Alps and is located on a lake. This cosmopolitan city features medieval bridges and ancient spires.
Charming, three street affair walled city
Built from Sandstone on the shore of a lake. See also "Watch Valley"
Along the Arc of the Jura Mountains from Geneva to Basel, lakes, mountains and valleys lead one into another in a preserved natural environment, where Swiss watchmakers create the precision movements that tell the time the world over. Site includes a map of the area and information about the region.
Zurich Jewish Quarter
This busy city has just 360,000 inhabitants and is known as Switzerland's banking and commercial center. Jews helped shape the city. They provided loans in the Middle Ages. Jews were allowed to live on and around the Judengasse (Jews' Street) and were distinguished by the Judenhut, the conical hat they were forced to wear. The medieval Judengasse, (today Froschaugasse aka Froschauer or Frog Lane), is a narrow street just a few minutes' walk northeast from the Fraumuenster Church.
In 1349, many of the city's Jews were disposed, tortured and burned at the stake as rumors spread, ad they did in most parts of Europe, that Jews had cause the Black Plaque. By 1400 there were no more than 150 Jews out of a city population of 6,000 and those who stayed, had to leave the city at night.
A plaque on the wall of a building, written in German, translated to English explains that the Jews who lived in these streets had been the victims of waves of persecution, violence, murder and forced expulsion from Zurich. By the 17th century, a few of the traumatized Jewish families were allowed to live in two villages where their basic rights were protected: Lengpau and Endinge (today these towns are in the canton of Aargau). They were safe, but there weren't any great prospects for the future, and some -- including the Guggenheim family -- left to make their fortunes in America and elsewhere.
In 1862, Zurich changed its constitution and allowed Jews to return. Today there are numerous synagogues and about 7,000 Jews living in greater Zurich.
The oldest synagogue in the city was dedicated in 1884
More information about Zurich, including what to see, can be found in an article in the August/September 2003 issue of Hadassah Magazine and authored by Esther Hecht.