Unfolding CommunitiesThe Lost Jews of Mellrichstadt
„What once had happened impossibly can be changed.
But be prepared for what comes with alert consciousness.”
This admonishing sentence from the year 540 B. C. was said by Theognis, a poet from Megara near Athens.
It is not less true today than in Theognis’ time.
This documentation is meant to remind of the Jewish community of Mellrichstadt. This community has completely disappeared from that town with the exception of an abandoned cemetery and a school building where nobody lives in.
This documentation is meant to remind of the Jewish community members who had been killed in the Holocaust, and it is meant to give them back their names to prevent them from being forgotten. .
Moreover, it is meant to grant the opportunity to the former Jewish citizens and their descendants, as they are spread all over the world, to find the traces and roots of their ancestors.
And it is meant to be an exhortation: Man’s dignity must not be violated. Not at any time.