Although devastated during World War II, German Jewish communities and institutions have grown up since 1950’s. Today Germany attracts Jewish visitors to a number of well kept synagogues, memorials, museums, and cemeteries and provides excellent services as well.
The Bavarian capital for 500 years and the third largest city in Germany has the second largest Jewish community in Germany, numbering approx. 10 000 people. Our tour will take you to the new Munich Ohel Jakob synagogue and Jewish community centre including the museum of Jewish history and culture in Munich and Bavaria.
KZ Dachau (about 16 km (10 mi) northwest of Munich in the state of Bavaria, in southern Germany, was the first Nazi concentration camp operating from March 1933 until April 1945. Originally designed for holding German and Austrian political prisoners and Jews, it became a place where regular criminals from Germany and occupied countries were imprisoned as well.
An important and developed region since Roman times it became the centre of Jewish settlement in early medieval Germany. Jewish communities in cities like Worms (with its famous Rashi synagogue, restored in 1961, and Jewish cemetery with graves of Meir of Rothenburg and Maharil), Trier, Mainz or Speyr formed foundations of Ashkenazi Jewish culture and way of life. You will visit medieval synagogues and ghettos as well as new, modern era synagogues and community centres.