Saturday, April 1st at 9:45am
Meeting Point: Esslingen Old Town Hall, Rathausplatz 1, 73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Nearest station: Esslingen Bahnhof
This event is open to IWCS members and a guest (+1 event)
RSVP using the form below or in the pending Facebook event

It has been over 70 years since then end of WWII. Germany and all of Europe has taken great care to reckon with the tragedy on both sides of the war. A large part of that reckoning is honoring the importance of the Jewish culture in Germany. Jewish residence in the Stuttgart area dates back at least to the 1300s, if not earlier. Esslingen in particular was a free imperial city which is a city controlled not by the local counts and dukes, but directly by the Holy Roman Emperor. Due to this imperial city designation, there was almost always a larger Jewish population in Esslingen than in other capitals. Because of this, there are far more remaining traces of medieval Jewish life in Esslingen than in any other part of the Stuttgart region.

In remembrance and celebration of this local Jewish influence, the IWCS has chosen to host a free 90-minute tour of WWII/Jewish history tour throughout Esslingen (English-language). This fascinating walk will be led by a local historian Dr. Gudrun Silversahn-Jant. Sites visited will include the new Jewish cemetery, Hafenmarkt, Kinderheim, synagogue (from the outside), Judengasse, and other important memorials throughout Esslingen.

We will meet in Esslingen’s town square in front of the town hall (the building with the stunning clock) at 9:45 on April 1st. Given the importance of this tour, the club will be sponsoring the full tour fee (€14 per person) for members and one guest each. This is a walking tour with no stairs, which means that bringing children and strollers should not be a problem. To hold the event we need at least 12 people confirmed no later than March 15th.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a family member or friend.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event.

After the tour we invite you to join us for lunch at Weinkeller Einhorn starting at noon. This beautiful restaurant dates back 700 years and will be a fitting close to a morning of history. As usual, food and drink costs are the responsibility of individual members and guests and will not be subsidized by IWCS. Please see their website for the full menu.