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Bollwiller in the Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France

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About the Shtetl

Bollwiller -  France - Alsace - departement 68 du Haut-Rhin, arrondissement de Guebwiller, canton de Soultz-Haut-Rhin.

Bollwiller is a small village west of Mulhouse, not far from the Swiss border. Jews lived there since the 17th century, perhaps even before. They usually lived not far one from the others and some of the village's streets where called "rue des juifs" (street of the Jews) and other such names. A synagogue was built there in the second part of the 17th century.

Visit the site "Judaisme Alsacien" to find more infos about the shtetl. (In French)

La vie Juive en Alsace  -  "Jewish life in Alsace" from the memories of my step-father Fernand (Nenand) GOLDSCHMIDT. It's in French for now but I'll translate it into English as soon as I can.

CDHF - Centre Departemental d'Histoire des Familles of Guebwiller (Departement Centre of Famillies History in Guebwiller), there you can find all the archives of Alsace, search online etc. but it is in French.



Books about Alsace :

1) "Le denombrement general des Juifs toleres en la province d'Alsace en 1784" a census of all Jews allowed to live in Alsace in 1784.

2) "Juifs en Alsace - culture, societe et histoire", by Freddy Raphael and Robert Weyl. "The Jews in Alsace", their art, lives and history.

3) "Bergha, bulletin d'etudes et de recherches genealogiques en Haute-Alsace".  CDHF's publication, 4 each year.
For information write to:
CDHF, Centre Departemental d'histoire des Familles
5 place Saint Leger , 68500 Guebwiller

4) "Histoire Juive, de la renaissance a nos jours"  by Renee Neher-Bernheim. History of the Jews all over the world including Alsace from the 16th to the 20th century.

5) "La Double Demeure" d'Albert A. Neher - for those who want to read some marvelous stories about the Jewish life in Alsace.

6) Hyman, Paula E.  "The emancipation of the Jews of Alsace".  Yale
University Press, New Haven, CT, 1991, ISBN 0-300-04986-2.

7) Caron, Vicki.  "Between France and Germany; the Jews of Alsace-Lorraine,
1871-1918".  Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA, 1988.  ISBN

8) Szajkowski, Zosa.  "The economic status of the Jews in Alsace, Metz and
Lorraine, 1648-1789". Editions Historiques Franco-Juives, New York, NY, 1954.



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Last updated November 29, 2008