In 1727, the first Jew to settle in the vicinity of Brummen arrived at the nearby town of Bronkhorst. He was granted a permit from the local authorities but was obliged to pay a special quarterly tax in return.

From 1811 on, a Jewish cemetery, located at the Manenveld, was in use. From 1818, regular synagogue services were held in a private home.

Jewish cemetery in Bronkhorst, 2006 (photo Hans van Kampen)In 1859, Brummen was recognized as a Bijkerk or local congregation by the central consistory of Dutch Jewry. In 1889, the Brummen community completed construction of a full-fledged synagogue at the corner of the Tuinstraat and Primulastraat.

The Jews of Brummen were employed in trade, textiles, and the meat processing and agricultural sectors. Brummen also boasted a Jewish café owner. In 1916, the membership of the community voted to sell their synagogue. In 1917, the Brummen community was voluntarily dissolved and merged into that of the nearby city of Zutphen.

Brummen's former synagogue was razed in1962. The Jewish cemetery at Bronkhorst has been maintained by local authorities since 1968. In 1980, the adjacent municipality of Steenderen purchased, and subsequently restored, the cemetery's house for the ritual washing of the dead.

In 1988, a stone in memory of the Jews of Brummen and vicinity murdered by the Nazis was unveiled at the site of the former synagogue.

Jewish population of Brummen and surroundings:

1809 48
1840 41
1869 42
1899 40
1930 18


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