The synagogue after 1945

The prayer room was initially unoccupied after 1945. The womenís gallery served as accommodation until 1968 and the former teacherís quarters were first used for community refrigeration and later as storage space. In 1948, the porch was pulled down because of its state of dilapidation.

In 1968, the then owner of the neighbouring property acquired the synagogue building and used it as a workshop and storeroom. He installed an aviary in the northwest corner of the main room and a lounge in the womenís gallery.

Former teacherís accommodation as community cold storage, before 1968

[ Former teacherís accommodation as community cold storage, before 1968 ]

Former teacherís accommodation as a workshop, after 1968

[ Former teacherís accommodation as a workshop, after 1968 ]

Main room as a storeroom, after 1968

[ Main room as a storeroom, after 1968 ]


His son discovered the remains of the Geniza in the loft, which was gradually salvaged by the family from 1979. This discovery provided the impetus for a new use of the building. In 1993, the Träger- und Förderverein Synagoge Memmelsdorf (Ufr.) e.V. (Registered Association of Patrons and Friends of the Memmelsdorf (Lower Franconia) Synagogue) was founded, and was able to acquire the building two years later. Initial building operations took place in 1998 and 1999 as part of tri-national work camps with Israeli, Polish and Bavarian youths. The building was not reconstructed, but renovated and preserved, i.e., the traces of the intended and alternative use conserved as far as possible. The renovation and preservation was completed in the summer of 2004.