ShtetLinks: FLOSSIn German spelled as Floß
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BREAKING NEWS June 2021 - A document with the history of the Jewish Community of Floss was discovered in the papers
of a Floss descendant has been translated and is now available here in the background section below.
Floss Family Names
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Map used by permission from Town of Floss brochure
Click here for a newly discoverd history of Floss, author unknown. The original was in a handwritten notebook found in Bella Langermann Thannhauser's papers. Her mother was born in Floss. The crossouts have been preserved but still shown. This has been typed up, translated, and put in this lovely format by Anuschka Tomat and Helen Brandshaft.Click here for a History of the Jewish Community of Floss summarized from the Höpfinger book cited below "Four Jewish families were permitted to settle in Floss in 1684, the brothers Henoch and Hirsch Meier as well as Eisig and Nathan Feifas and their families. All of the Jews who came from Floss thereafter were descended from the original four, either directly or by marriage. The laws limited the number of Jews permitted to live in Floss; sometimes these laws were loosely applied and other times people were forced to leave Floss because the numbers were too high.
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. There is also a museum area in the synagogue now.
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Updated by KMC on 5 Jun 2021
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