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Goldener Apfel

Width at front: c. 2.20 metres

The Goldener Apfel was built in the second half of the 16th century.
Over the centuries a number of families lived in the house, most of them from the middle classes in the Judengasse. In the visitation lists they are listed as small shopkeepers and peddlers, clothes dealers or linen dealers.
The lists for the Goldener Apfel also contain comparatively detailed figures on the male children and young men of the families living there. Adulthood in the legal sense of reaching a certain age did not exist in those days (at least outside the nobility), so that sons and daughters were subject to parental authority until they married and set up their own households.
For example, one family which kept a small shop had a 15yearold son: the list merely notes that "he does not trade". Another family in the house had a 23yearold son who worked as a day labourer, while his 20yearold brother is shown as "doing nothing". This family also lodged a young man from Worms who was staying in Frankfurt as a foreigner. The lists state that he carried all kinds of small items to other houses, suggesting that he was a kind of porter.
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