ShtetLinks: FLOSSIn German spelled as Floß
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Map used by permission from Town of Floss brochure
The Commission of the Greater Main River Area requested all the Jews from Floss to appear for a meeting on April 26, 1814 where Jews were required to take last names. Those who had family names already kept them. (e.g. Bloch, Bomeisler, and Boscowitz ). The others took on German family names. Everybody had to register their names. Before then, each man was known by his name and the name of his father.
Sixty-four families were entered into the records and sixty-four remained the number allowed which could not be exceeded. " [translated and condensed from Renate Höpfinger, Die Judengemeinde von Floss, 1684-1942 ]
Because of these restrictions, many Flossers emigrated in the mid 1800s, often to the USA, otherwise to nearby Jewish communities such as Fürth, Nürnberg, and Regensburg. Also it was German law that Jews could not marry until the age of 28.
There are no longer any Jews in Floss. However the synagogue has been restored and is used once a year by a neighboring Jewish Community.
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Updated by KMC on 5 NOV 2011
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