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Detail in Wormditt
Out of a facade in Wormditt

The story of the Jews of Wormditt is leaves some questions unanswered. Although this town was protected from great destruction during the Second World War, it seems to be more backward than Wormditt Old Cityother comparable places in the now Polish part of East Prussia. In 1925, the Rabbi of Elbingen published a travel guide to Jewish communities in East Prussia (Mit jüdischen Augen durch deutsche Lande), in which he mentioned individual villages and local contacts. But the town of Wormditt is not mentioned in it.Houses in Wormditt

Already very early in the 18th century there were individual Jews here. A cemetery, which can still be seen to the north-west of the city centre on a hill, has existed since 1806. A Jewish community was established in 1849 and around 1871, with 174 people, there were the most Jewish inhabitants. Afterwards, as in many East Prussian cities, the number slowly decreased.


Stamp Jewish Congregation

The activity of the community seemed to have been fluctuating. There was once a synagogue in the old town. Later, outside the old town of Wormditt there was the New Synagogue at Kopernikusstraße 24, Vermutliche Synagoge Wormdittwhich was built in 1890. However, doubts are also expressed as to whether the building that stands on this site today and is repeatedly depicted was really a synagogue. It is said that the synagogue and cemetery were destroyed in the night of the pogrom in November 1938. Today the area of the cemetery (Piaskowa 32) still shows the access road, remains of a surrounding wall and a few gravestone pedestals. One would have to search in the archives and in the stories for more details.


Friedhof Wormditt Jüdisch

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Note: List of names of Jews in Wormditt 1838 (Geheimes Staatsarchiv Berlin) Wormditt-2 >>

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