Jewish Munich A walk along uncomfortable truths

Jewish life
in Munich -
the hard way into a fragile presence

Quick Information

Kind of Tour

Private Walking Tour

Duration

Starting from 2 hours or by arrangement

Max. guests

25

Meeting point

Karlsplatz / Stachus at the Karlstor gate

Languages

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Price

180,00 €* up to 2h
Each additional hour: 50 €

*Depending on the available guide, VAT is included or no VAT is shown (§19 small entrepreneur)

The hard way into a fragile presence

In 1803, Johann Christoph Freiherr von Aretin published probably the first ever comprehensive work on the history of the Jews in Bavaria: “Geschichte der Juden in Baiern” (History of the Jews in Bavaria). In addition, the author noted:

„The first historical news we have of the existence of the Jews in Bavaria are at the same time the first news of their mistreatment.“

In fact, the history of the Jews in Munich is determined by cruel actions against the community of Jewish populations. As in the rest of the Holy Roman Empire, the Jews in medieval Munich suffered inhuman pogroms: the Jews became “scapegoats” for everything that seemed inexplicable: for the thesis of “ritual murders” or for the plague epidemics of the 14th century.

1442 was the year of the final expulsion of the Jews from Munich and for almost 300 years there was practically no Jewish life in Munich. Only in 1763 did Jews return to the electoral court under strict conditions as so-called “court Jews” and became the bankers of the lavish Wittelsbach rulers.

1813 heralded a new age with the “Juden-Edikt” and the Kingdom of Bavaria opened up to Jewish citizens, but under the strictest immigration controls. Jews yes, but in manageable numbers and always regulated. Only after the fall of this regulation in 1861 there was an increased immigration of Jews to Munich. Jewish culture flourished and the community grew in such a way that the desire for a larger synagogue became louder. With the opening of the Old Main Synagogue on Herzog-Max-Strasse, Jews seemed to have arrived in the center of society. A deceptive security!

All this was destroyed by the National Socialists with their almost pathological idea of a “Jewish world conspiracy“. After years of harassment and deprivation, the Reichspogromnacht marked a turning point in terms of violence against Jews. A silent German population watched the events largely unmoved, and now everything seemed possible for the Nazis. For Munich’s Jews, their inhumanity climaxed in the deportations beginning in November 1941 and the subsequent Holocaust.

The end of National Socialism allowed new Jewish life to emerge, albeit very slowly. It was a long way from the first institutions in Möhlstraße in the post-war period to the successful buildings of the Israelite religious community at St.-Jakobs-Platz with its all-dominating synagogue Ohel Jakob.

Come with us on a walk through centuries of changeful history in Jewish Munich.

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