Jewish Residential Patterns

Steven M. Lowenstein

in Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171648
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871346 | DOI:
Jewish Residential Patterns

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This chapter shows that many Jews before 1850 lived in difficult housing conditions. Many were crowded into multiple dwellings caused by legal limitations on Jewish homeownership. In the middle of the 19th century, Jewish housing conditions improved markedly, but it is not certain that on average they were better than those of non-Jews. By 1871, something substantial had changed in the residential conditions of German Jewry. The extreme overcrowding, cramped housing conditions, and confinement to certain towns, neighborhoods, and provinces were decreasing rapidly. The huge Jewish communities in Posen and in certain south German villages were beginning to fade, but were by no means gone. Most German Jews still lived in the countryside or small towns.

Keywords: German Jews; settlement; housing; Jewish homes; German Jewry

Chapter.  4955 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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