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Zeilitzheim in Landkreis Schweinfurt, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
 

An den Kirchgaden / "At the Church Hall" Lane

(ehem. Untere Judengasse) / Formerly "Lower Jews Lane"

 
 
An den Kirchgaden / "At the Church Hall" Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 24, 2019
1. An den Kirchgaden / "At the Church Hall" Lane Marker
Inscription.   Wie in der Beschreibung des Badhauses schon erwähnt, befanden sich in dieser Straße mehrere jüdische Wohnhäuser, einige davon sind noch erhalten. Im rückwärtigen Gebäude der Hs.-Nr. 3 hatte der Dorfschmied Valentin Schneider seine Werkstatt. In einem Sandsteinhalbbogen auf der Westseite des Giebels sind seine Initialen „V Sch“ eingeschlagen, dabei wird die Jahreszahl 1856 durch ein Hufeisen getrennt.

Im barocken Vorläuferhaus der Hs.-Nr. 1 wurde 1891 Valentin Müller geboren, der als Retter der Stadt Assisi im II. Weltkrieg gilt. (Näheres hierzu erfahren Sie in der Beschreibung seines Gedenksteines in der Dr.-Valentin-Müller-Straße).

In der Ostseite des Mauerrings der Kirchgaden befin- den sich an Türen und Kellerfenstern noch reizvolle Details aus der Entstehungszeit des 15. Jh.

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(English translation:) As already mentioned on the nearby "bathhouse" marker, there were several Jewish dwellings in this street, and some of them are still preserved. In the rear building of the House No. 3, the village smith Valentin Schneider had his workshop. In a sandstone semicircle on the

An den Kirchgaden / "At the Church Hall" Lane Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 24, 2019
2. An den Kirchgaden / "At the Church Hall" Lane Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here mounted to the wall, just to the right of the entrance to the lane. It is easy to miss due to the see-through nature of the plexiglass.
west side of the gable his initials, "V Sch", are chiseled, while the year 1856 is separated with a horseshoe.

In 1891 in the baroque forerunner of House No. 1 was born Valentin Mueller, who is considered the savior of the city of Assisi (in Italy) during World War II. (For details, see the description on his memorial tablet located on Dr.-Valentin-Müller-Straße).

On the east side of the Kirchgaden surrounding wall, there are still charming details from the 15th century on the doors and cellar windows.
(Marker Number 3e.)
 
Location. 49° 53.948′ N, 10° 16.09′ E. Marker is in Zeilitzheim, Bavaria, in Landkreis Schweinfurt. Marker is at the intersection of An den Kirchgaden and Marktplatz on An den Kirchgaden. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Zeilitzheim, Bavaria 97509, Germany. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Haus der Begegnung / "House of Encounter" (a few steps from this marker); Rathaus / City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); ehem. Pfarrhaus - Pfarrhof / Former Rectory - Vicarage (within shouting distance of this marker); Gasthaus "Zur Sonne" / Inn "at the Sun" (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ehem. Dorfbrauerei / Former Village Brewery (about 120 meters away); Gerberhaus / Tanner's House (Brueckenstrasse 5)

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By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 24, 2019
3. An den Kirchgaden / "At the Church Hall" Lane Marker
On the other side of the lane is the street sign for An den Kirchgaden. Of interest here is the attachment below sign, which provides the historical names for the lane. From 1933-1945 it was known as Schulgasse ("School Lane"), and until 1978, "Lower Jews Lane". It also notes the that the church complex has a hall and cellars dating back to before 1400, and that the old village school dates from 1890.
(about 120 meters away); Spätbarockes Bürgerhaus / Late Baroque Patrician House (about 120 meters away); Gemeindebäckerei / Community Bake-House (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zeilitzheim.
 
Also see . . .  Zeilitzheim Village Tour (Barockschloss, in German). The descriptive village tour ends with several paragraphs on Dr. Valentin Mueller: "During the withdrawal of German troops from Italy, Assisi was mined. The explosive destruction of historic buildings, the monastery of St. Francis, and other magnificent buildings seemed inevitable. Dr.Valentin Müller met with Field Marshal Kesselring, and because of his efforts Assisi was declared an open-air and hospital city, and the mines were subsequently cleared. Because of his position, Mueller was able to protect many people, including Italian Jews who lived in the underground, from suffering and annihilation....After the Second World War, Dr. Valentin Müller was awarded honors by the Italian and Israeli States. It was in 1982 that people first remembered him in Franconia. (Submitted on December 6, 2019.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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