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Lot #    14410
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 1:54:45 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Bericht über die Verhältnisse Synagogen=Gemeinde
Title (Hebrew)    zu Königsberg i. Pr. In den Jahren 1893 bis 1899
Author    [Community - Only Ed.]
City    Koenigsberg
Publisher    Hartungsche Buchdruckerei
Publication Date    1900
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 42 pp., 287:225 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound as issued.
   A report on the conditions of the synagogue and the Jewish community in Königsberg from 1893 to 1899. For example, there is a section on Shehitah.

Koenigsberg, former capital of East Prussia. Two Jewish physicians lived in Koenigsberg in 1540, but sizable Jewish settlement did not begin until the latter half of the 17th century when Jewish merchants from Lithuania and Poland began attending the Koenigsberg fairs and in 1680 were allowed to open a prayer room for the duration of the fairs. A hevra kaddisha was founded and a cemetery consecrated in 1704; a rabbi was appointed three years later. By 1716 there were 38 Jewish families in Koenigsberg; the first synagogue was constructed in 1756, when the community numbered around 300 persons. A steady stream of immigrants from Russia gradually swelled this figure to 1,027 in 1817, 5,082 (3.6% of the total) in 1880, and 4,049 in 1925, later declining to 3,200 persons (1%) by 1933. Along with Berlin, Koenigsberg became the center of Jewish Enlightenment. Here, too, affluent Jewish families gained access to Christian society, the most prominent being the family of H. J. Friedlaender, textile entrepreneurs, to which David Friedlaender belonged. Jews began attending the university, mainly as students of medicine, in 1712; one of them was Marcus Herz. Among Kant's pupils were a number of Jews. In 1783 Isaac Abraham Euchel and Menahem Mendel Breslau, influenced by the ideas of Mendelssohn, founded an association "for the fostering of the Hebrew language," and began to publish a Hebrew periodical, Ha-Me'assef, which first appeared in Koenigsberg. A number of Hebrew printers were active in Koenigsberg in the 18th and 19th centuries. For a number of reasons, among which may have been import and censorship difficulties, some works printed in Koenigsberg bear a different imprint or no imprint at all.

The community had no school until 1820, when Isaac Asher Francolm came as religious teacher and preacher. A follower of the Reform movement, he set about establishing a school for religious instruction. However, his efforts failed when the Orthodox majority of the community, resenting his holding a confirmation ceremony for boys and girls, protested to the authorities who, already suspicious of all innovation, prohibited the opening of his institution. When Francolm settled in Breslau, Joseph Lewin Saalschuetz continued his work. In 1847 Saalschuetz taught archaeology of the Hebrews at Koenigsberg University, publishing several important treatises in this field, although, as a Jew, he could not be appointed to a professorship. Also active in the community at this time was the radical politician, Johann Jacoby, who published a memorandum (1847) in defense of Jewish emancipation. Jacob Z. Mecklenburg was rabbi at Koenigsberg from 1830 to 1865, succeeded by Isaac Bamberger (186596). Orthodox circles established their own congregation in 1870, which later rejoined the communal union. Significant for the community were the years from 1897 to 1920, when Hermann Vogelstein served as its spiritual leader. He was one of the most important leaders of liberal Jewry in Germany. Felix Perles, his contemporary, was rewarded for his scientific research in Bible and linguistics by his appointment in 1924 as honorary professor of modern Hebrew and Aramaic literature at the university. The 20th century also saw Jews playing a significant role in the faculty of medicine, among them Ludwig Lichtheim, Julius Schreiber, Max Jaffe, and Alfred Ellinger. In 1925 there were five different synagogues in the city as well as a variety of social and welfare institutions.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica