Adelebsen is a municipality in the district of Göttingen, in Lower Saxony, Germany. As at 2015, the population is 6,600.
The Jewish community of Adelebsen had its beginnings in the late 17th century, with the first documented Jewish family appearing in a tax list of 1675. In 1796 there were 20 Jewish families in the town. By the 19th century, the Jewish community had grown to be one of the largest in the region. In 1848, 149 Jewish residents comprised 13% of the town’s total population. But the size of the community declined steadily in the late 19th to early 20th century, so that by 1925 there were only 46 Jews living in Adelebsen, making up 3% of the population. During the Nazi regime, the community was destroyed by deportation, immigration and killings. The local synagogue was destroyed during Kristallnacht, the night of 9–10 November 1938, by SS members from Göttingen, joined by local SS members of Adelebsen.
Many thanks to the following for their assistance in making this website possible. Professor Berndt Schaller, Eike Dietert and Avri Gershon.
We wish to acknowledge that material and photos have been reproduced from “Im Steilhang, Der Judische Friedhof Zu Adelebsen”, Berndt Schaller and Eike Dieter, Universitatsverlag Gottingen and Die Judischen Burger im Kreis Gottingen 1933-1945, Ein Gedenkbuch, Wallstein Verlag Gottingen.
This website’s creator is David Blank — a descendant of the Eichenberg Family of Adelebsen, Germany.
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