Zuidlaren

An independent Jewish community was established at Zuidlaren in 1883. In 1884, a synagogue was opened in the Zuiderstraat. A Jewish cemetery was established on the Wolferdinge, at the foot of the prehistoric burial mounds just outside Zuidlaren.

Jews living in Zuidlaren worked in commerce, and in education, and as butchers. Due to a fall in membership, the Zuidlaren community was dissolved in 1925. The locales of Zuidlaren, Anlo and Vries were then merged into the Jewish community at Assen; nearby Eelde was merged into the Jewish community at Groningen.

During the World War II German occupation of the Netherlands, almost all of the Jews still living in Zuidlaren were deported and subsequently murdered. Only a very few managed to survive the war in hiding.

The former synagogue building at Zuidlaren was set to other uses in the years following the war. Het Comité Joods Erfgoed Zuidlaren (The Committee for the Jewish Legacy of Zuidlaren) has worked for the restoration of both the former synagogue and the Jewish cemetery. A plaque in memory of the murdered Jews of Zuidlaren was affixed to the wall of the former synagogue in 2000.

The building was purchased in 2005 by the Stichting Oude Drentse Kerken (Foundation for the Historic Churches of Drenthe) which transferred ownership to the Vereniging Behoud Synagoge Zuidlaren (Association for the Preservation of the Zuidlaren Synagogue) once restoration was completed in 2007.  In December 2007 the building was consecrated as a house of prayer for the Liberal Jewish community of the North-Netherlands, Beth haTsafon.  The synagogue now also houses cultural events and is open to visitors.

The restoration of the cemetery was completed in 2002. The cemetery currently is maintained by the local authorities.

Jewish population in Zuidlaren and surroundings:

1809 27
1840 23
1869 69
1899 82
1930 25


Collectie en mediatheek

 Dossier  
Dossiers (158) van de Commissie voor Oorlogsschade mbt 155 joodse
gemeentes (Amsterdam en mediene), 1945-1950.
Collectie > Documenten > 00005954

 Overzichtsfoto  1984
Voormalige synagoge te Zuidlaren, 1984.
Collectie > Fotos > 40002761

 Overzichtsfoto  1985
Gedenksteen in de synagoge te Zuidlaren, 1985.
Collectie > Fotos > 40002831

 Zitting der Centr. Commissie, gehouden op Maandag 25 Juni jl.  1883
Verslag van de vergadering van de Centrale Commissie. Onder meer overleg
over de schoolsubsidies en te stichten gemeenten.
Collectie > Joodse pers > 20032208

meer treffers in Collectie > Joodse pers

 Het wonder van Chanoeka  2008
Het wonder van Chanoeka.
Collectie > Literatuur > 12013558

meer treffers in Collectie > Literatuur

 Misjpoge dl.4  
Een bezoek aan de vereniging "Oude Draaidozen" uit Hattem, die fragmenten laat zien
uit een huwelijksfilm van de familie Gerzon uit 1946. Denise Citroen laat fragmenten ...
Collectie > Audiovisueel > 40001795

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