First Jewish presence: late 1700s; peak Jewish population: 70 in 1843; Jewish population in 1933: 23

We do not know much about the Jews who lived here before the founding of an official Jewish community in the early 1880s, but records do tell us that they laid a cemetery in 1863. The community, joined by Jews from four nearby towns, drew up plans for a synagogue in 1870; construction was completed in 1878. Local Jews never established an official school but, rather, employed a teacher who gave religious instruction three times a week. Jews and Christians coexisted peacefully in Singhofen until 1933, when the Nazis implemented their anti-Jewish boycott. By 1938, nearly all Jews had left the town. The only available information about Pogrom Night in Singhofen is that the abandoned synagogue was ransacked. In 1964, the synagogue was torn down to make room for an apartment building.
Moshe Finkel
Copyright: Pogrom Night 1938 - A Memorial to the Destroyed Synagogues of Germany/


Sources: The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust, Shmuel Spector [Ed.], [publisher] Yad Vashem and the New York University Press, 2001., “und dies ist die Pforte des Himmels”: Synagogen Rheinland-Pfalz/Saarland, Will Schmid, Stefan Fischbach and Ingrid Westerhoff [Eds.], publication initiated by Joachim Glatz and Meier Schwarz, [publisher] Phillipp Von Zabern, 2005.


Date Added May 19, 2020
Category Residential
Country DE
State Rhineland-Palatinate
City Singhofen
Exhibits Pogrom Night 1938 - A Memorial to the Destroyed Synagogues of Germany

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