The Judengasse in Frankfurt
In 1460 Frankfurt city council decided to settle the Jewish population in a district of their own. Initially only a few families lived along the narrow alley parallel to the old city walls. In the 17th century, however, about 3,000 people were living there. The Judengasse in Frankfurt developed into one of the most important centres of Jewish life in Europa. In no other German city was there such a large Jewish community.
History of the Judengasse Frankfurt
This trailer provides a brief introduction to the history of Frankfurt’s Judengasse.
The exhibition in the Museum Judengasse provides different views of Jewish everyday life in the early modern era. How did the inhabitants of the Judengasse live? Who lived in the houses whose foundations you can now view in the museum? What did Frankfurt’s Jews live on? What kind of relationship existed between them, the Frankfurt Council and the Emperor?
In the midst of the preserved ruins, the exhibition lets objects that were once made or used on site speak for themselves. One room is devoted completely to the music and literature that emerged, was read or printed here.
In 2016 the Museum Judengasse was awarded the Museum Prize of the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen 2016.
The Museum Judengasse is especially designed for children, young people and families. Public family tours are given on weekends and a children’s programme is featured once a month at the museum. Also on offer is a series of workshops developed in house for kindergartens and school classes. They can be booked at any time.
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The foundations of five houses from the Judengasse in Frankfurt make up the heart of the museum. Those houses come to live again in the model.
18 steps lead down four metres to the former ritual bad in the Museum Judengasse. The mikveh was in the "Steinerne Haus" (The Stone House), which belonged to the wealthy Wertheimer-Kann family. It is one of five houses whose foundations can be seen in the museum.
A tour with interactive stations and a special catalogue invite children to stroll around and investigate the ruins from the Judengasse.
An animated film and a model of the Judengasse offer visitors an introduction to the history of Europe’s oldest Jewish ghetto.
In the midst of the ruins of the Judengasse, ceremonial objects that were made or used in the Judengasse are on show – as well as this splendid Frankfurt Chanukah candelabra dating from the year 1681.