Germany: Frankfurt Judengasse Museum reopens

Part of the Judengasses Museum's new exhibition. Photo: Judengasse Museum

Part of the Judengasse Museum’s new exhibition. Photo: Norbert Miguletz © Juedisches Museum Frankfurt

 

The Judengasse Museum, on the site of Frankfurt’s medieval Jewish ghetto, has reopened as part of a wide-ranging expansion and restructuring of the Frankfurt Jewish Museum‘s permanent exhibitions.

The Judengasse Museum reopened on March 20 and now houses a fully revamped exhibition presenting Jewish history up until 1800. The Association of European Jewish Museums notes:

 

Media installations and an app are telling stories about Jewish daily life and culture in Frankfurt in early modern times. The new entrance to the museum emphasizes the different aspects of the historical site – from the Jewish cemetery that dates back to the Middle Ages, to the Judengasse which was replaced by the Börneplatzsynagoge in modern times to the memorial of the Frankfurt Jews that were deported and murdered.

 

As before, it is located amid the foundations of five houses that once formed part of the Judengasse, or Jewish lane, a ghetto where Frankfurt’s Jews were forced to live from the mid-15th century for more than 400 years — by the 16th century, some 3,000 people lived there.

Photo: Norbert Miguletz © Juedisches Museum Frankfurt

Photo: Norbert Miguletz © Juedisches Museum Frankfurt

 

The Judengasse was torn down as part of urban renewal at the end of the 19th century, and a new synagogue was built nearby on Börneplatz (it was destroyed on Kristallnacht). The site became derelict after World War II.

In the 1980s,  a civic alliance of churches, political parties, intellectuals and cultural figures protested plans to build a public utilities center there;  excavations for the new building  had uncovered the foundations of Judengasse houses — of the original 195 buildings, the foundations of 19 were uncovered.

Eventually, the center was built there, partially atop the site of the destroyed Börneplatz synagogue, and the excavated remains of Judengasse were displayed, along with an exhibit on the Börneplatz protests, as a branch of the Jewish Museum and incorporated into the new building.

The main Frankfurt Jewish Museum, located in the Rothschildpalais, is currently closed. Its new exhibition, scheduled to open in 2018, will cover the period from 1800 to the present.

 

Web site of the Judengasse Museum

Frankfurt Jewish Museum web site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Germany: Frankfurt Judengasse Museum reopens

  1. “Les extrêmes se touchent ” in every history.
    a fundamental change in consciousness badly needed nowadays ,the reopening may sprinkle blossom and Prima Vera in many hearts !
    Hope and despair at the same time …
    Whatsoever that fine Museum is there for Everyman .

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