“I am coming to learn as much as to share”*

Project Jewish Life in Frankfurt

The focus of our work is to keep in memory the lives of former Jewish Frankfurt citizens and to learn and teach about present-day Jewish life.

We trace the life and background of former Frankfurt citizens of Jewish descent, bring time witnesses in contact with schools for talks to the students and provide methods to prepare and reflect the meetings of the old and the young.

Ever since 1984 we have taken part in the annual visitors program of the City of Frankfurt, by which former Jewish citizens and their offspring are invited to visit their former hometown.

In 2012 the City of Frankfurt started an official “second generation” program.

As a project-group we give assistance in cooperating with archives and local groups in order to find out as much as possible about family history, help to find contact into communities of relevance outside of Frankfurt, accompany the guests and document the results of the activities. We also publish the results of our work.

History of the Project

*(Julia Hammid, USA, Teilnehmerin des Frankfurter Besuchsprogrammes 2013)

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

Homepage of the German Missions in the United States


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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