"Jewish Hiking" around Frankfurt, Hessen & Hessen-Nassau (1938) #germany


Michael Rubin
 

I recently stumbled upon an intriguing book entitled "Judische Wanderungen in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Hessen-Nassau" by Saul Lilienthal, published in 1938. Lilenthal was the cantor at a large synagogue in Wiesbaden so this was his region.   He describes hikes between and among (the mostly) small towns and villages around Frankfurt and Hessen, south through Darmstadt and north up to the Westerwald. The book is organized by town (the town index is attached) and the Jewish communities in those towns are described including brief descriptions of relevant facts such as number of families, when the communities were established, synagogues, etc.  In at least one town I consulted, Lilienthal gives the number of Jewish families found there in 1930 and then states the number who were "still there" in 1938.  The facts themselves may be of interest to those of us researching that region, but we may also "hear" Lilienthal's voice describing the destruction, in progress, of Landjuden from Hessen. Lilienthal was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944.           
The book may be accessed here:  https://www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de/item/7JZEUTQ53BLENYOMJ52N7GAS4MQFEZAZ

Michael Rubin
Boston, USA