Synagogue Cemetery Educational trail

Educational trail

After the expulsion from almost all larger towns in the 15th and 16th centuries, the focus of Jewish life shifted to small rural communities. The abundance of different territories in today’s Franconia and the large number of dominions of imperial knights with the right to settle Jews was particularly favourable for the creation of Jewish communities. Around 1800, 13,000 Jews were living in 146 villages in present-day Lower Franconia, 71 percent of which were on territories of imperial knights. In the Hassberg district alone, there are 29 traces of Jewish communities, settlements or cemeteries. Some communities already disappeared in the 19th century due to too few members; most were destroyed in the Shoah. After 1945, no new communities were established in the district. Map (pdf 990 KB)

Jewish traces in the Hassberg district

[ Jewish traces in the Hassberg district ]

Synagogues, ritual baths, schools and cemeteries in varying states of repair make the long and eventful history of the Jews in the Hassberg district tangible. An “educational trail on Franconian rural Jewish life in the region” (working title), linked to the educational castle trail of the district, is thus planned to be offered to schools for thematically orientated hikes or project days. The conception and design of the educational trail will once again take place together with pupils.