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also see Tiengen, Germany

Endingen is a municipality in the district of Zurzach in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland. In the 18th and 19th century, Endingen was one of few villages in which Swiss Jews were permitted to settle. Old buildings in Endingen have two doors - one for Jews and one for Christians.

Lengnau is a municipality in the district of Zurzach in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland. It is notable for being one of two villages where residence was permitted for Swiss Jews between 1633 and 1874. Lengnau's synagogue is listed as a heritage site of national

Endingen-Lengnau -- Verein fuer Erhaltung der Synagogen und des Friedhofs Endingen-Legnau [The Association for the Preservation of the Synagogues and the Cemetery of -- ] published a complete register of the burial sites, with name index and arranged by dates, supplemented by a volume of narrative which includes, among other documents and photographs, a facsimile of the first Jewish census of 1761: Der Judenfriedhof Endingen-Lengnau. 2 vols. 400 pp. Menes Verlag, Postfach 5070, CH 5405 Baden. Sfr. 100 (about $66). (If you join the Association for Sfr 30/year, you may buy 1 copy (2 vols). Postage is additional for non-Swiss delivery). The in German books are excellent and list all the people buried there. (Names are from the book listed below, which were sent to IAJGS.) As the only place in Switzerland where Jews were allowed to settle from the 17th to the 19th centuries, Endigen and Lengnau Jews had to bury their dead on an island in the Rhine. Then, in 1750, they established a cemetery halfway between the two villages where some 2,700 persons have been buried to date. [Source?]


"About one half mile from Lengnau, in the direction of Endingen, is the old Jewish cemetery. It is recognized by a cluster of trees, on the right side of the road, and is surrounded by a stone wall. During the first years of settlement in Lengnau, the Jews were forbidden to bury their dead in Switzerland. They had to travel north to the Rhine River, and bury their dead on an island in the middle of the river, known as Juden Insle, Jews' Island." Endingen-Lengnau is close to the town of Baden in Switzerland. Source: Israelowitz, Oscar. Guide to Jewish Europe. Brooklyn, NY: Israelowitz Publishing, 1995, p. 322. [October 2000]

Endingen & Lengnau Jewish Cemetery [Aug 2015]

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