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Erfurt Innenstadt

Traces of an old synagogue were found beneath the wall surface of this Erfurt building.

Erfurt had a large Jewish community in the 13th and 14th Centuries, but the pogrom of 1349 and the outright banning of Jews 1458 took their toll. A few Jews returned to the city in the late 1700s, and the first Jewish resident to be awarded full citizenship was Soloman Mayer in 1810. A new synagogue was built in 1840, and a larger synagogue was erected in 1952. (The latter was the only new synagogue built in East Germany during the GDR era).

Update: After this photo was taken, the Old Synagogue Erfurt was fully uncovered, restored, and reopened as a museum. It's worth seeing both as an historic building and for the treasures (including a priceless Jewish marriage ring) that are on display.

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More about Erfurt:
Erfurt, Germany - 9-page travel guide
Erfurt photo gallery - 105 pictures with captions
Augustinerkloster - The monastery where Luther took his vows
Alte Synagogue - Old Synagogue
German Christmas Markets: Erfurt
Hotel am Kaiser