Treasures are precious, treasures must be protected, treasures are hidden in some chambers, this is the rule. Must be? No, that’s what the ministry of home affairs and the ministry of art of the free state of bavaria thought, and they got together with the state agency for non-governmental museums. In the local museums there are many "jewels", objects, which not only by their appearance suggest a treasure, but rather can tell an extraordinary story. With the help of a competition, since spring, the search has been on for 100 local treasures in private, company, club and municipal museums. Among other places, they were found in reckendorf, where the "house of culture – former synagogue" was built shows a historically interesting judic children’s trousers.
The exhibition "culture and cult" in the house of culture is probably one of the youngest museums selected by the minsteries. Opened in april 2014, it shows a small selection of the material found in the so-called "genizah": for centuries, the jewish community, which was dissolved in 1910, deposited all the objects that were sacred to them in the attic. Special treasures were sent to bamberg and burned there on the night of the pogroms in november 1938.
Contacts with furth
In addition to the three cubic meters salvaged from the monument by a group of students before restoration work began in march 2003, there were also over 60 moving boxes in a depot of the judisches museum in furth, which the schlossbrauerei reckendorf had already handed over there for further evaluation in the early 1990s. The oldest stucco in the permanent exhibition there comes from this find among others.
After the renovation of the former synagogue in reckendorf in 2005, the then incumbent mayor klaus etterer and the municipal council began to think about the future of "their geniza" to make. With the help of the district’s local authority, experts from the state office for the preservation of historical monuments, the state office for non-governmental museums in bavaria and a research center for jewish cultural property in veitshochheim, a selection was made of the most interesting fragments with the most valuable content. After restoration, these were presented in the former women’s gallery with the support of curator adelheid waschka.
As it has now become clear, all the effort, including the financial effort – the community was only able to cover the costs with generous subsidies – was worthwhile: a pair of "jewish children’s trousers became as a "heimatschatz" selected.
Interesting is the story behind the object. Among many textile remnants from which tefelin bags were made, a pair of children’s trousers was found that, according to their design and fabric, dated back to the 19th century. Century dates. It is easy to imagine that a child at the age of two years, dressed in these pants, had entered the synagogue for the first time to offer his circumcision pennants (mappa) to the torah scroll. Among the reckendorf jews, many children completed an apprenticeship as art weavers from 1814, when the grand duchy of wurzburg became part of the bavarian kingdom. It may be assumed that the fabric for this garment was also made here locally.
Simple, frugal, modest
The art weaver families from reckendorf included koppel haas and his sons kalman, abraham and wolf (william). Her home at 10/12 muhlweg is featured in a photo in the san francisco city museum, as wolf and bertha haas bequeathed their home to the city as a museum (haas-lilienthal house).
The niece of levi strauss, who had no children of her own, also married into the haas family, who were certainly able to support the levi strauss company with their know-how from home. The descendants of the "reckendorfers visit their former home on their cavalier tour to europe. They are always moved by the simplicity, frugality and modesty in which their ancestors once lived as francophone country jews.
The award for the "reckendorfer heimatschatzla" by art minister marion kiechle (CSU) and home minister albert furacker (CSU) in munich were attended by curator adelheid waschka, first burgermeister manfred deinlein (SPD) and altburgermeister klaus etterer from reckendorf.