General information: First Jewish presence: 16th century; peak Jewish population: 26 in 1910; Jewish population in 1933: 25
Summary: Although the history of Jewish Egeln dates back to the late Middle Ages, it was only at the beginning of the 1850s that the small community built its own synagogue on 12 Barfuesser Strasse, east of the old city center. The Jewish cemetery on Am Husarengraben was consecrated at the beginning of the 19th century; the last burials took place there in 1920. On Pogrom Night, SA men smashed windows in Jewishowned shops and destroyed the interior of the defunct synagogue. Used as a storage site after the war, the synagogue building was converted into an apartment building at the end of the 1970s. The Jewish cemetery was desecrated and partly destroyed, but 25 tombstones (in two rows) and several fragments of tombstones can be found there today. At least 16 Jews from Egeln perished in the Shoah. In 2004, a memorial stone was unveiled in Egeln.
Author / Sources: Beate Grosz-Wenker
Sources: AJ, EJL, JL, YV
Located in: saxony-anhalt