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See Belfort. 47° 38′ N 07° 00′ E. is the village's web site. The total village population was 342 in 1803 going to 553 in 1872 following the annexation of Alsace by German Empire. 1999 the population was 607. The village also is near Switzerland and near Aéroparc, an ancient airfield of Fountain transformed into an industrial park on the road RD 419 linking Belfort with Altkirch. 13 kilometres from Belfort, county seat of the department, through Foussemange flows the Saint Nicholas' Day River, which has its source near Rougemont-le-Château in the Vosges Mountains. Medieval until 1790, Foussemagne was part of the fief of Montreux-Château and the county seat from the 16th century. Before being attached in France in 1648, the name of the village appeared in documents written in German as Fuchsmeng. At the beginning of the 19th century, a synagogue was constructed for the Jewish community, the most important community of the department since it included 132 Jews living with 300 Catholics owed partly to the lords of Fourssemagne, the Reinach family, which favored their installation. On June 30th, 1815, the Austrian infantrymen and the French confronted one another. The fighting left hundreds of dead and injured men. From 1871 to 1914, the German border was on the edge of the village. [January 2008]

Jews from Foussemagne were buried either in graveyards of their places of origin or the closest such as Heggenheim or Dürmenach. From the foundation of the graveyard of Belfort, the Jews of Foussemagne also were buried in Belfort. [January 2008]

CEMETERY: Indexed 15 graves - monument aux morts [monument to the dead]. see Jungholz: 8 persons. Submitted by Mathilde A. Tagger from her book Printed Books on Jewish cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an Annotated Bibliography. Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997. [January 2008]

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