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Grand Circle River Tour 7: Wertheim Am Main [Sky Watch Friday]

By Shattman
The next port of call on our Grand Circle Great Rivers of Europe trip was Wertheim am Main, where the Tauber and Main Rivers meet.  Wertheim is a small and picturesque town with many half-timber houses [in German, Fachwerkhäuser], church towers and an old castle overlooking the town.
Grand Circle River Tour 7:   Wertheim am Main   [Sky Watch Friday]
Grand Circle River Tour 7:   Wertheim am Main   [Sky Watch Friday]
Grand Circle River Tour 7:   Wertheim am Main   [Sky Watch Friday]
Grand Circle River Tour 7:   Wertheim am Main   [Sky Watch Friday]
The Fachwerkhaus below is of special note because of the blue painted beams. Apparently, it was exceedingly expensive and difficult to make blue paint; so, the owner of this house was bragging to the neighbors that (s)he was of substantial means.
Grand Circle River Tour 7:   Wertheim am Main   [Sky Watch Friday]As in almost all German towns, there was a Jewish population prior to WW II. Little remains of the synagogues, and the people are certainly long gone. But, their memory is honored in a variety of ways. For example, there are small museums or remnants of the synagogue placed in the original location [see below]
Grand Circle River Tour 7:   Wertheim am Main   [Sky Watch Friday]
In addition, throughout Germany and other European countries, small brass plates have been placed in the ground in front of the homes of former Jewish residents. I showed examples of them in a previous posting on Berlin. While I did not come across any in Wertheim [not to say that there aren’t any there], I did see a cluster in Heidelberg. I am showing it here because of the coincidence that the family name was Wertheimer.  The date of their birth, deportation and execution are given [but, Karl fled to Colombia in 1937].
Grand Circle River Tour 7:   Wertheim am Main   [Sky Watch Friday]
To end this posting on a lighter note.... Storefronts usually hung signs identifying the nature of their wares available for purchase; and one could create an album of shots dedicated to just that. However, to be more selective, I am showing the one that made me laugh out loud. Bäckerei is a bakery.
Grand Circle River Tour 7:   Wertheim am Main   [Sky Watch Friday]
Grand Circle River Tour 7:   Wertheim am Main   [Sky Watch Friday]
Next week we will be in Würzburg, a 'sister city' to my home town, Rochester, NY.

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