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Jewish Community of Ulm Württemberg, Germany

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ULM, city in Wuerttemberg, Germany. The charming Danube River town of Ulm was the birthplace of Albert Einstein. The town is actually located in Baden-Württemberg, but its twin town Neu-Ulm lies across the river in neighboring Bavaria.

The first documentary evidence of a community in Ulm dates from 1241, when a sum of six silver marks in taxes was paid by Jews. The first settlers undoubtedly arrived much earlier. An unbroken series of gravestones (dated from 1243 to 1491) from the cemetery, first mentioned in 1281, indicates the continued existence of the community.

As it grew during the 13th and early 14th centuries, its members were engaged primarily in moneylending. Jews were allowed to own houses, and although a Judengasse is mentioned in 1331, Jews were not restricted to one quarter.

In 1348 the emperor Charles IV allowed the imperial taxes paid by the Jewish community to be kept by the city for the purpose of its fortification. Despite measures taken by the municipal council to protect the Jews, on Jan. 30, 1349, during the Black Death persecutions, the Jewish quarter was stormed by a mob and the community was all but destroyed.

Nevertheless, it rapidly revived. The synagogue, cemetery and dance hall that had been appropriated by the city were relinquished to the Jewish community in 1354 and 1357. In 1366 a number of Jews were granted partial citizenship. Jud Jacklin, a local Jewish moneylender, monopolized the southern German money market, lent the city funds, and aided it in its struggle against the emperor. The municipality gradually replaced the emperor as protector of the Jews and recipient of their taxes.

In the 15th century, Ulm grew in economic and political importance, while the Jewish community, oppressed by heavy taxation and regulations restricting their financial activities, declined. In 1457 Jewish noncitizens were expelled; in 1499 all Jews were given five months to leave the city. These acts were carried out under a policy known as Judenfreiheit ("freedom from Jewish settlement"), which was vigorously observed for two centuries.

Only in 1712 were Jews even allowed to trade at the cattle market. In 1786 a single Jew possessing the right of residence was known to have resided in Ulm. During the wars of the 18th century, Court Jews lived in the city. A synagogue was consecrated in 1873 and a cemetery in 1885. The community consisted mostly of prosperous merchants and manufacturers.

During the Nazi era, the population of the community declined in part due to the boycott of Jewish business establishments and antisemitic harassment; the old cemetery was desecrated in 1936; the same year, Jewish children were no longer able to attend the public schools and a Jewish school was established in its place.

On Nov. 10, 1938, the synagogue was burned down and many Jews were viciously beaten. Of 116 Jews deported from Ulm during World War II (45 were sent to Theresienstadt on Aug. 22, 1942), only four returned.

Approximately 25 Jews were living in Ulm in 1968. In 1958 a plaque was mounted to commemorate the former synagogue. In 1988 an additional memorial was erected. In 2002 a Jewish community was founded as a branch of the Jewish community of Wuerttemberg in Stuttgart. A new community center was consecrated in the same year. The community had 450 members in 2004, mostly immigrants from the former Soviet Union who went to Germany after 1990. Source

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Links

  1. Ulm Württemberg, Germany
  2. Jüdischer Friedhof Neu-Ulm
  3. Die alten jüdischen Friedhöfe von Ulm
  4. Der jüdische Friedhof im Bayrischen Neu-Ulm JHVA Yehuda Schenef
  5. Holocaust Databases Jewish Gen
  6. Ulm and Einstein
  7. Einstein Exhibition in Ulm
  8. Displaced Persons Camp in Ulm
  9. Neu Ulm rabbi B. Furer from the DP camp photo, . . . More photos Yad Vashem Photo Archive
  10. Synagogue and Jewish Community Centre in Ulm
  11. Jews are not desireable in Ulm photo USHMM photo archives
  12. Children go sledding in the Ulm displaced persons' camp USHMM photo archives
  13. Records of Residents of Ulm USHMM
  14. Ulm Cemetery IAJGS cemetery Project

Media

  1. Ulm im Jahr 1927 - YouTube
  2. So lebt es sich in Ulm 2014 - YouTube
  3. Ulm, Discover Germany GuidedTour - YouTube
  4. Tour Ulm, Germany - Part One , Part Two - YouTube

Notable Individuals

  • Albert Einstein, physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner.
  • Falk Lemlin
  • Albert Mayer, a lawyer, was the first Jew elected to the Wuerttemberg parliament, serving from 1906 to 1909.
  • Julius Baum, The museum director
  • L. Moos, An artist

REFERENCES

  • M. Brann, in: Festschrift… Kroner (1917), 162–88;
  • M. Stern, in: ZGJD, 7 (1937), 243–8;
  • H. Dicker, Die Geschichte der Juden in Ulm (1937);
  • H. Keil (ed.), Dokumentation ueber die Verfolgungen der juedischen Buerger yon Ulm/Donau (1961);
  • P. Sauer (ed.), Die juedischen Gemeinden in Wuerttemberg und Hohenzollern (1966);
  • Germania Judaica, 1 (1963), index; 2 (1968), 843–6; 3 (1987), 1498–1522.
  • P. Lang, "Die Reichsstadt Ulm und die Juden 1500–1803," in: Rottenburger Jahrbuch fuer Kirchengeschichte, 8 (1989), 39–48;
  • Zeugnisse zur Geschichte der Juden in Ulm. Erinnerungen und Dokumente (1991);
  • M. Adams and C. Maihoefer, Juedisches Ulm. Schauplaetze und Spuren (1998).
  • [www.alemannia-judaica.de. Ulm Württemberg] Alemannia-Judaica
  • Und erinnere dich immer an mich : Gedenkbuch für die Ulmer Opfer des Holocaust / Ingo Bergmann ; [Herausgeber, Stadt Ulm].

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