First Jewish presence: 1808; peak Jewish population: 83 in 1843; Jewish population in 1933: unknown (33 in 1932)

According to records, eight Jews lived in Sohren in 1808. Always small, the community consecrated a cemetery at some point before 1850 and established a synagogue in 1858. In 1932, 33 Jews were members of the Sohren community, with which the Jews of Niedersohren (Lower Sohren) were affiliated. On Pogrom Night (November 1938), two SA men procured the keys to the synagogue and nailed the door shut. One month later, in December 1938, the synagogue was sold to the village authorities, after which it was sold yet again and used as a furniture storage site. The building was eventually demolished in 1950. Twenty Sohren Jews managed to emigrate from Germany. Five were deported in July 1942, and at least 10 perished in the Shoah. In 1954, ownership of the synagogue property was transferred to the Jewish community of Koblenz. Sohren’s Jewish cemetery was desecrated in 1978.
Esther Sarah Evans
Copyright: Pogrom Night 1938 - A Memorial to the Destroyed Synagogues of Germany/


Sources: Alemannia Judaica, 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., Yad Vashem’s Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names,


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

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