From Rabbi Krauss

Let me tell you about Purim, Frankfurt and Jews. The city of Frankfurt is one of the few places in Western Europe that had a Jewish Community almost without interruption since the 12th century. The Frankfurt community had unique customs, melodies and food. I was able to experience the beautiful Torah Trope, the delicious food and highly intelligent conversation in Washington Heights, New York where many Frankfurt Jews settled. (Why almost) It was in 1614 when the anti-Semite Vincent Fettmilch who called himself the new Haman led a pogrom into Frankfurt’s Ghetto. The Jews valiantly tried to defend themselves, but were expelled from the city. By 1616 the emperor ordered the arrest of Fettmilch and had him hanged. The Jews returned to Frankfurt that year. As a result, the Jews of Frankfurt began observing a second Purim on the 20th of Adar called Purim Winz. (Vincent). Megillat Winz was chanted. Of course, this was before the Holocaust. Jewish communities throughout the world celebrated Special Purims recalling historical redemptions.

Frankfurt was the home of distinguished Jewish personalities who have influenced our Jewish world. Among many others, Rabbi Samson Hirsch, Franz Rosenzweig, and Martin Buber. Somewhat more than half of Frankfurt Jews left Germany. About 10,000 did not survive.

Today about 6,000 Jews live in Frankfurt. Its mayor is Jewish, Peter Feldmann.

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