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“Too Little For English-Speaking Visitors”
Review of Museum Judengasse

Museum Judengasse
Ranked #65 of 434 things to do in Frankfurt
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum Judengasse highlights the history of one of the most important Jewish centers in Europe, praised for its rich cultural life and scholarship. It includes the ruins of the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. Next door you can visit one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Europe with the oldest graves dating back to the 13th century. Togehter with the neighboring Börneplatz-Memorial these three places form a unique historical ensemble right in the city center of Frankfurt.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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“Too Little For English-Speaking Visitors”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

This is no doubt a fascinating collection and archive of the history of the Jewish Ghetto of Frankfurt; however, the layout introducing the visitor is unclear and weak, numbers on display boards don't appear to relate to anything and the english translations where they appear, are poor grammatically or rendered illegible in pale print on frosted glass. The 'welcome' is from two security guards and a metal-detector, who couldn't crack a smile; especially the woman who I could tell was english but who looked either bored or contemptuous at my attempts at smiling and engaging her in conversation.
There is no english guide book or recorded material and this was especially lacking in the more recent historical collection of first-person stories of religious persecution and conversion as well as the all-important Nazi 'contribution' to the Jewish story. No voices were translated and so a great deal went unappreciated. All a bit ironic when you consider what misunderstanding led repeatedly to terrible acts against the Jewish people over the centuries.

Visited May 2013
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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Better than the main Jewish museum”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

I enjoyed this exhibit much more than the main Jewish museum. The history of the Jewish quarter and the archaelogical finds is vividly described in bilingual panels, and one can wander at ease among the ruins. The panels describing scenes of Jewish life and rituals are exactly the kind of thing that I missed in the Judisches Museum.

Visited April 2012
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