Jewish Quarter, Trier
Here is a view of the Jewish Alley looking back toward the archway that leads to the market center. The four small medieval houses have been converted and are now home to three small bars featuring live music.
I visited one of these bars named after the Woodstock music festival. This bar was owned by a musician who served drinks between playing blues, rock and jazz sets with other local musicians who would gather at his stage for impromptu jam sessions.
Only a few strides from the market fountain is the Jewish Alley, so named for the four Jewish families that settled in Trier, in 1235 CE. These families had their four small houses built here, one next to the other. Building adjoining houses allowed them to construct a common escape tunnel, leading to the St. Gangolf cathedral, to be used if there were any threats being made against them by any unscrupulous villagers. There, the local Bishop offered them protection.
Though these dwellings are old, the history of Jews in Trier dates back much further. City historians believe the first Synagogue was built in Trier in the second century CE, and official business with a rabbi is recorded in archives dated for the year 1066.
Today, a modern Synagogue, built to replace the one destroyed by the Nazis in the 1930's, stands as a testament to the strength and persistence of German Jewry.