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Weiße Rose

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The Weiße Rose has one of the most interesting histories in the Judengasse. It was built during the creation of the ghetto in 1460/62, making it one of the oldest houses in the Judengasse. Initially its land included the entire northern part of the Judengasse. A process of subdivision and splitting off of plots and houses, common throughout the Judengasse, gradually resulted in this plot becoming very overbuilt. Finally, the crowding reached the level that was typical for the Frankfurt ghetto in the 17th and 18th centuries. It could be said that all the houses at the northern end of the Judengasse on both sides of the street were ultimately descended from the Weiße Rose.
This "ancestor" of all the houses in the northern Judengasse became a rear building of sorts in the course of the development. In 1592 the two houses Roseneck and Rosenkranz were built on the free space between the Judengasse and the Weiße Rose, which could now only be reached through a narrow path just under 1.30 metres wide.
No one family stayed in the Weiße Rose for any extended period, and the turnover in its occupants was unusually high.
In the great fires in the Judengasse in 1711, 1721 and 1796 the house was destroyed three times. It was rebuilt after the first two fires, but after the 1796 fire it was decided to redevelop the entire northern end of the Judengasse on spacious lines, in the course of which the house disappeared finally.

© Jüd. Museum Frankfurt 1992-2002 /  Sources