Now that we’ve examined the roots of Creglingen’s Jews in their home country, the display on this floor deals with their journeys through life – and with their movements, often forced upon them.
From hawkers and rag pickers that made a living from itinerant trade, through livestock dealers, all the way to those in search of liberty, who emigrated to improve their fortunes. Many of Creglingen’s Jewish families were encouraged to leave the Tauber Valley and head out into the wide world. And some of their descendants in the US or the UK went on to become rich and famous. Take a look at the blue pillars on the left-hand side of the room to find out about some of their lives.
Do you remember Raphael Blumenfeld's mappah on the first floor? Raphael’s grandson, David Blumenfeld, emigrated to the United States in the mid-19th century, where he ended up as the publisher of the leading German-language newspaper in the US, the “Watertown Weltbürger”. His son, Ralph D. Blumenfeld also became a newspaper publisher. A phone call he made to fellow publisher Ralph Pulitzer in 1927 went down in history – as the first transatlantic telephone conversation ever!
You can meet a distant relation – another descendant of Raphael Blumenfeld’s – if you take a look at the display stands in the middle of the room. Hier you find Julia Sinsheimer, and she has been especially important to our museum.
Foto: © Martin Heuwinkel