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Rostock Shore Excursions

Rostock

Rostock was founded in the mid 1200s by a group of Jewish and non-Jewish merchants who wanted it to become a center of trade and commerce. The early Rostock Jews initially created a cemetery – and in 1348, an official community. This early community, however, was short-lived, as Jews were expelled from Rostock after the Black Death pogroms of 1348 and 1349.

It was not until 1868 that Jews were recorded in Rostock again. Services here were initially held in private homes until the community built a synagogue in 1902. The community adopted conservative traditions and its 350-seat synagogue became the largest in Mecklenburg. Rostock Jews began to suffer from anti-semitic persecution in 1919, when Jewish people were blamed for Germany’s problems and defeat in World War I, and this left only 175 Jews in Rostock by 1938. On Pogrom Night, the synagogue was burned to the ground.

In early 1990, the new Jewish community of Rostock was founded by immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The Max Samuel House, opened in 1991, became home to a Jewish community center and to an exhibition on the history of Rostock Jewry. In 2004, a new synagogue was opened very close to the site of the original synagogue, and today serves a small but active community.

Rostock Tour Options

  • Jewish Rostock and City Highlights
  • Rostock City Highlights

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  • All of our cruise tours include transfers from the port to the touring area and back. Please inform us in the event that you will not require transfers.
  • Our tours are fully customizable according to the time at your disposal. When making your request, kindly let us know how many hours you will be available for touring; if you know your exact docking times, even better!
  • In case you have already been to this destination previously, we can ensure that you will not be repeating sites which you have already visited.  If you have other specific requests, just let us know, and we will happily accommodate your particular preferences.