General information: First Jewish presence: 18th century (latter half); peak: 71 in 1885 (6.6% of the total population); Jewish population in 1933: 30
Summary: In 1834 and 1892, blood libel allegations triggered anti- Jewish uprisings in the village of Gindorf. The community’s synagogue, which had been built in the 18th century, burned down in 1834, probably in the aftermath of the pogrom in nearby Neuenhoven. A new synagogue was built shortly afterwards. By 1933, the Jewish communities of Gindorf and Gustorf had become sub-communities of the larger Jewish community in Grevenbroich. Gindorf and Gustorf, however, acted as one community in administrative and political matters. On Pogrom Night (November 1938), the Gindorf synagogue was destroyed. The Nazis had intended to set the building on fire, but neighboring residents, fearing that the fire would spread to their own homes, prevented them from doing so. Most Gindorf Jews left the village before the outbreak of World War II. Two Jews, the village’s last, were deported to the East in 1942. At least 25 Jews originally from Gindorf perished in the Shoah.
Author / Sources: Heidemarie Wawrzyn
Sources: EJL, FJG, YV