On our private Jewish Germany Tours, you will be able to choose among more than 20 chapters of the intriguing history of German Jewry, which has its roots in Roman times.
Jews settled down on the territories of today’s Germany, along the major trade routes and rivers, already in the 4th century. For a long time the Jews enjoyed a peaceful life in the midst of the Christian majority society and played a pivotal role in the urban and economic development of many cities. In the 11th centuries, Jewish communities in the Rhine Valley became cultural and religious points of reference for the entire European Jewry. Crusaders raids and plague pogroms from the 12th to the 14th century, triggered by religious, social and economic motives, eventually annihilated the flourishing communities. In the course of the 15th century, the Jews were expelled from almost all imperial cities: until the 19th century they mostly lived rural areas, under poor conditions, because of the severe restrictions imposed on them. After 1671, a few wealthy Jewish families were allowed to move back to the cities, in the hope that they would crank up the ailing economy. In the second half of the 18th century, Haskala-father Moses Mendelssohn demanded legal and social equality for the Jewish people, which gradually became a reality in the 19th century. Thanks to legal emancipation and industrial progress, Jews gave key contributions to the advancement of science, art and culture from the imperial era to the Weimarer Republik.
Even though most Jews considered themselves German patriots, they were often confronted with rejection and prejudice. At the end of the 19th century strong anti-Semitic sentiment grew anew and culminated in the Third Reich, which eventually led to the dissolution of Jewish life in Germany. Nevertheless, new communities were established after the war, which grew significantly thanks to the arrival of Jews from the ex-Soviet Union in the 90s.
Discover the history of “The lands of Ashkenaz”, a medieval cradle of Jewish religious and cultural life, on our Jewish Tours Germany. Delve with us into the immense legacy of the ShUM cities (Speyer, Worms and Mainz), Frankfurt, Köln, Berlin and many more, and follow the traces of the many important Jewish figures who shaped the country throughout the centuries. Embark with us on a journey through some of the most ancient and well-preserved Jewish treasures outside of the Land of Israel, choose among our many destinations in Germany!
We offer tours in more than 20 destinations in Germany. For more information you can follow the links below or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an custom made itinerary.