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Jewish Museum (Eisenstadt)
Tel. (02682) 65145
Open: May- Oct: 10am- 5pm Tue- Sun
Nov- May 9am- 4pm Mon- Thu, 9am- 1pm Fri
Description of the Jewish Museum in Eisenstadt
Jewish Museum of Eisenstadt is a small building near
Esterhazy Palace that houses a collection of artefacts devoted to
life of a Jewish community that once existed here before 1938 when
Kristallnacht or the "Night of Broken Glass" put existence of Jews
in Eisenstadt and all of Europe under question. Jewish Diaspora dates back its foundation to the 17th century.
First 3000 Jews exiled from Vienna settled Unterstadt (Lower City)
of the inhabitants of the Jewish Quarters included such notable
members as Chief Rabbi of the Hungarian Jewry, banker Samson
Wertheimer (1658- 1724), art collector Sandor Wolf and many others. In fact
Jewish museum is situated in the former residence of Samson
Wertheimer. On a first floor you can see a private synagogue that
served the family that once lived here. Another notable exhibit is
that of the library that contains over 10,000 volumes of various
books. Most of them date back to the 18th century.
Eisenstadt Jews followed Jewish traditions very closely. Every
Saturday they closed all business for Sabbath, closing the whole
district with chains. In addition there two Jewish cemeteries in the
city. Amazingly they survived Nazi rule, World War II, multiple
pogroms and current Neo- Nazi attacks.