About Us

The first activities of our organization go back as far as the late seventies. A group of young teachers decided to teach the history of German Nationalsozialismus in a new, illustrative way.

In 1984 they started documentation work in cooperation with the visitors program of the City of Frankfurt.

Ever since 1989, the group brought visitors in contact with schools and assisted them in tracing their own family history. Soon there will be no more eye-witnesses of the Nazi-era. Are the lessons about the Nazi-time going to become a topic in history just like any other? These are the issues among many others that Projekt Jüdisches Leben in Frankfurt is increasingly concerned with. The continuation of the dialogue with the second generation became a major subject.

Since 2012 the City of Frankfurt is the only city in Germany having included the children of the former citizens in their visiting program. The invitation and the outreach of the project give the members of the second generation the opportunity to visit the former home of their parents or grandparents and at the same time to personally experience how Germany and Frankfurt in particular deals with and educates about the Nazi era.

On the project’s history:

History of the Project Jewish Life in FrankfurtPDF 332 kB

In this context, we do not only cooperate with the City of Frankfurt but also with a large number of schools, local historians, museums and archives.

The participants of the project, most of whom are volunteers, decided early in 2014 to establish our own charitable organization.

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Angelika Rieber, who is the heart and soul of the project, is the chairwoman of the association, assisted by Till Lieberz-Gross and Gaby Thielmann and the other members.

The Projekt Jüdisches Leben in Frankfurt was presented with the Obermayer Award on January 23, 2017 at the Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin, the home of the Berlin Parliament.
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Gretel Merom received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

In recognition of her services in promoting unterstanding and friendship between Israelis und Germans, especially young Germans, through Holocaust education, the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, has awarded Gretel Merom, a former Frankfurt citizen, who emigrated 1934 to the then British Mandate of Palestine, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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Kindertransport
In the encounters and interviews with former citizens of Frankfurt very often the request was made to establish a memorial for the Kindertransport-Kinder and their families. The “Projekt Jüdisches Leben in Frankfurt” supports this urgent request. Further Information


Raymon Grossmann’s Final Speech
of the Visiting Program 2016 in the Kaisersaal
see News Visiting Program 2016


The Newslettter 2016 has been published.


On the History of the Project
Jewish Life in Frankfurt see the new article at About us


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Walter Sommers received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
In recognition of his exceptional services in promoting peace and tolerance among peoples and cultures through Holocaust education an healing history, the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, has awarded Walter Sommers, a former Frankfurt citizen, who emigrated 1939 to the USA, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Further Information

Report in the Tribune Star

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Visiting Program 2016
End of May a group of former citizens of Frankfurt and their descendants were invited to the city of Frankfurt, the former home of their parents or grandparents. The invitation of the city gave them the opportunity to see the sites of the (great)grandparents`childhood and youth, visit their house, the area they lived in, the graves of relatives and former schools. Reports and Pictures


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