Events - Former Rexingen Synagogue
Why was Rexingen formerly called Siggesmauchem?
What is the meaning of the "crooked house blessing"?
How did the curriculum for the Jewish children differ from that for the Catholic children in the common school building?
What does the village Shavei Zion in the north of Israel have to do with Rexingen?
When was the last funeral in the Jewish cemetery? What happened to the houses and personal belongings of the deportees?
These and many other questions will be discussed during the guided tour on the Jewish theme trail.
Rexingen, today a suburb of Horb am Neckar, has other historically significant houses and places to offer its visitors in addition to the cultural monuments of the former synagogue and the Jewish cemetery. Most Jewish families lived in the so-called "Unterdorf" in the Freudenstädter Straße, Bergstraße, Lichtenbergstraße and Kirchstraße. That is, near the synagogue, the Catholic Church and the elementary school. There were also the shops: colonial goods shops, kosher butcher's shops and inns. A walk through the village, starting from the former synagogue. past various selected stations and then up into the deciduous forest to the Jewish cemetery gives a vivid impression of the former village life with its Catholic-Jewish neighbourhood. Several stumbling blocks along the way remind us of the time of exclusion, persecution and annihilation of the Jewish community.
Date: Sunday, 26 July, 14.00
Meeting place: Former synagogue, Freudenstädter Straße 16, Horb-Rexingen
Duration: approx. 2-3 hours
Guide: Barbara Staudacher
The tour is free of charge.
Please note that the number of participants is limited to 15 persons. Registration required under 07451/620689.
Further information at in www rexinger-themenwege.
The exhibition is the result of a big research project, which was completed at the end of 2019.
At the beginning there was an exhibition of the Rexinger Synagogue Association, in which files from the Horber tax office were shown. They documented the last robbery of the Jewish families who were deported to the extermination camps in 1941/1942.
The wish was born to fundamentally research the process of the professional and economic extermination of the Jews during the National Socialist era for the whole of Württemberg and Hohenzollern and to document it in book form and in an exhibition.
With the support of the State Archive of Baden-Württemberg, the Gäu-Neckar-Alb Memorials Association was able to start the project in 2013, in which 29 researchers finally participated. For example, they worked on the history of textile companies in Hechingen and Göppingen that had to be sold under duress.
The forced abandonment of the Jewish publishers of the Schwarzwälder Bürger-Zeitung in Rottweil or the forced sale of the Schramberg majolica factory will be investigated, as well as the
the tragic fates of Jewish cattle dealers, butchers, doctors, lawyers and textile dealers.
The activities of the leading Nazi perpetrators in the Oberfinanzpräsidium, the Nazi foreign exchange office and the Gauleitung in Stuttgart were researched by the historian Martin Ulmer. He was able to reconstruct a network of corruption and self-enrichment.
The project was concluded with essays on the disillusioning restitution of looted property to Jewish families after 1945.
After six years of mostly voluntary research work, a basic work in 42 essays and a large exhibition are now available - a state project against Forgotten, with local and regional reference.
On November 8, 1938, carpenter Georg Elser attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller. He knew that Hitler would give a speech there on the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. Elser was able to get access to the event venue. For nights on end, he installed an explosive device there. As Hitler, contrary to expectations, left the hall shortly before the explosion, he survived the assassination attempt.
The same evening, Georg Elser was arrested in Konstanz. He confessed after long hours of interrogation. For five years, Elser was kept in total isolation in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. On April 9, 1945, only weeks before Nazi Germany‘s surrender, Elser was shot dead in Dachau concentration camp. After 1945, legends and lies distorted the view on Georg Elser. His image only started to change when his Gestapo interrogation minutes were released in 1970.
The exhibition "'Ich habe den Krieg verhindern wollen' – Georg Elser und das Attentat vom 8. November 1939" (“I Wanted to Prevent War – Georg Elser and the November 8, 1939 Bürgerbräukeller Bombing”) was created by the Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand (German Resistance Memorial Center https://www.gdw-berlin.de/en/home/) in Berlin and the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg State Agency for Political Education https://www.gedenkstaetten-bw.de/ausstellung_elser.html). It has been traveling all over Germany for the past years.
The exhibition opening is on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 4 pm on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Mr. Josef Seibold from the Georg Elser Gedenkstätte Königsbronn (Königsbronn Georg Elser Memorial Site https://www.georg-elser-gedenkstaette.de/) will give an introduction to the exhibition.
Organizers: Former Rexingen Synagogue Association and Kreisvolkshochschule Freudenstadt (Freudenstadt District Adult Education Center https://www.vhs-kreisfds.de/)
With his book “Die Kunst des Betens” (“The Art of Prayer” http://morascha.ch/produkt/die-kunst-des-betens-spiritueller-leitfaden-zum-juedischen-gebetbuch/), Gabriel Strenger provides a German-speaking audience an insight into the prayer of traditional Jews.
The book is a spiritual guideline for praying and draws upon the breadth and depth of Rabbinical sources—Bible, Talmud, Kabbalah, and Chassidism. The book addresses both the structures of prayers as well as the nuances of the Hebrew language.
In the workshop, Gabriel Strenger will impart the theory and practice of Jewish prayer.
Program with lecture and song:
- Prayer and meditation
- Structure of Jewish liturgy
- Aims of praying
- Healing the world and the self
- Nearness to God
- Integration, becoming whole
Participation / Registration
Participation in the workshop is for free.
In cooperation with the Stuttgarter Lehrhaus - Stiftung für interreligiösen Dialog (Stuttgart School Foundation for Interreligios Dialog http://www.stuttgarter-lehrhaus.de) and the Katholische Erwachsenbildung Kreis Freudenstadt (Freudenstadt District Catholic Adult Education).
Why Anti-Semitism Is a Threat to All of Us: How New Media Fuels Old Conspiracy Myths
On Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7.30pm, Dr. Michael Blume, Beauftragter der Landesregierung Baden-Württemberg gegen Antisemitismus (Commissioner against Anti-Semitism, State Government of Baden-Württemberg) will give a talk about anti-Semitism and conspiracy myths in the Jewish Prayer Room Museum Horb.
He himself says, “I claim that we do not need any pseudo-genetics or conspiracy myths to understand Semitism and anti-Semitism. Rather, we are dealing with the still underrated effect of media … According to Jewish tradition, Sem, the son of Noah, founded the ‘Semitic’ book religion tradition from which Judaism, Christianity, and Islam developed. There have been many counter-theories against the world-changing power of book religions. The rise of media such as book printing, radio, film, internet, and social media has likewise given rise to anti-Semitism as an enormous countermovement which is able to shatter the bases of our modern and democratic society. Some democratic constitutional states have already relapsed into populist autocracies. The media struggle for the future of mankind and the role of religions has thus only begun.”
Dr. Michael Blume (born 1976 in Filderstadt) studied Religious Studies and Political Sciences in Tübingen and earned a PhD on religion and brain research. Since 2003 he has been working for the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry. From March 2015 to July 2016 he headed the project group “special contignent of women and children from northern Iraq particularly in need of protection.” Since 2018, he has been the State Government of Baden-Württemberg’s commissioner against anti-Semitisim. Moreover, he is head of the division “non-Christian religions, values, minorities, project northern Iraq.”
The talk is a cooperation with Rural District Freudenstadt Catholic Adult Education.