|BAD LAASPHE: North Rhine-Westphalia|
50°55′49″N 8°25′0″E, 240.1 miles WSW of Berlin in Siegen-Wittgenstein district. In the Middle Ages, Counts Wittgenstein protected the Jews in Laaspherhütte with synagogue and school. Population: 1682: 3 households with 24 persons: 1732: 5 households 125 persons: 1786: 9 households with 20 people: 1819: 80, 1855 1895: 145, 1925: 124 Jews in Laasphe. After the edict of March 11, 1812 in Prussia, all Jews took a surname.
57334 North Rhine-Westphalia (Gerz)
Cemetery: Located on Puderbacherweg. used since 1750-1939. 73 visible gravestones. Besides the municipal cemetery and in 1750 the Jewish community (then outside the city and now next to a nursery) set up cemetery that served all Jews from the southern part of the county of Wittgenstein (with Erndtebrück and Feudingen) as a place of burial. Since 1768, "someone from a foreign place" paid eight thalers for a double grave. A building has been there as well as in Berleburg and Elsoff. Devastated in the Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938, in 1959 the cemetery was on the National Association of Jewish Communities in Westphalia and now has a size of 2035 m2. The tombs are mostly in E-W direction, gravestones erected at the W end grave "at the head" of the dead. The oldest, probably only recently re-established gravestones are located in the SW (10 of them from the period 1869 to 1886), two are older. In 2006, the cemetery was opened again for the funeral of the Holocaust survivor Herbert Moses. The key to the gate of the cemetery is in the nursery. Opening times: Mon-Sat 8:00 to 12:30 clock and 14:00 to 18:00 Mon-Fri and Sun 10:00-12:00 [Sep 2012]
In 2006, Cologne artist Gunter Demnig created a Holocaust memorial. Blocks are embedded in the concrete sidewalk with a 10 x 10 cm brass surface before the homes of Laaspher citizens persecuted by the Nazis where they were last voluntarily. A total of 69 Jewish citizens were murdered in the death camps.
- Approximately 1975-2000 by Heritage Office (Photos)
|Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 22:09|