The independent Jewish community of Gennep was established during the 1850's. Jews had lived in Gennep during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but their numbers were so small that they were included amongst the Jewish community of nearby Sittard. Even after the community was granted independent status, the Jewish population of Gennep remained small.

In 1864, the Gennep community purchased a building on the Kerkstraat (today the Torenstraat) for use as a synagogue. The synagogue was consecrated ten years later. The community's cemetery, located on the present-day Davidlaan, was officially established in 1842 but contains gravestones from as early as 1794.

Synagogue in Gennep, around 1930 (RDMZ)The synagogue council of the Gennep community consisted of two members. Jewish education for the children of the community was provided by a teacher from nearby Cuijk. Voluntary organizations maintained by the Gennep community included a society for collection of funds for the synagogue and a women's society that cared for the sick and dying and for the upkeep of the embroidery of the synagogue.

During the 1930's, an influx of refugees from Germany led to a rise in the Jewish population of Gennep. During the war, half the Jews of Gennep were murdered in Nazi death camps. The fates of the others are not known. The synagogue was damaged by wartime bombardment and later razed. A cloister now stands on its site. The Gennep community was officially disbanded in 1947 and added to the jurisdiction of the Jewish community of Venlo. The cemetery is maintained by the municipality of Gennep.

Jewish population of Gennep:

1809 15
1840 26
1869 31
1899 28
1930 20


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