"We must preserve the jewish history, because it is also our history". The statement by margret lother, chairwoman of the forderverein ehemalige synagoge kitzingen, met with the unanimous approval of the council body at the wiesenbronn council meeting on tuesday evening. The committee voted unanimously to support the concept planning for the network of jewish cemeteries in rodelsee with up to 5,000 euros. Not least because many former jewish citizens of wiesenbronn are buried in the jewish cemetery in rodelsee, as mayor doris paul recalled.
Lother informed that the cemetery in rodelsee belongs to the jewish community in bavaria and the care runs over the landratsamt "we have that well under control". The speaker also briefly discussed the 200-year-old jewish cemetery in huttenheim, which was established on the basis of former national borders. The age at which he was born in the middle of the 15th century is considerably older. The cemetery in rodelsee, which was attested in the middle of the 19th century: "it is the only soil monument that has not been worked on since the middle ages".
When comparing the cemetery with christian cemeteries, the chairwoman pointed out that in a jewish cemetery no graves were abandoned "they can stay forever". The idea for the network was left behind by michael schneeberger, and in the meantime a concept has been drawn up through a wide range of activities, including workshops, in which the aim is also to develop ideas for the future. The realization emerged that a two-pronged approach should be taken with the focus on the cemetery and documentation in the localities.
The concept should also include the communities from which jewish burghers were buried in rodelsee. The procedure is to run if possible also over the leader program still running until 2020, for which the municipality rodelsee will submit the appropriate application. She will also take over the design of the cemetery forecourt according to an old concept, since the place is the property of the municipality, as lother explained.
As for the next steps, she explained that the aim is to collect everything that documents former jewish life in our region, which can then be put on a website about people, families and jewish communities. In the further actions are planned in the affected communities plaques or ornamental stones and stelae with a common symbol. Also action days and rides in the rodelsee cemetery.
On the question of costs, it was said that, on the one hand, financial support from foundations and the communities concerned was hoped for, with an outlay of about 5,000 euros per community, mainly for the network and documentation, if, for example, ten communities participated. Whether much could be coordinated by a person on a fee basis is still up in the air.
Since september of last year, the municipality has rented an aerator for the clearing plant "which has done a good job so far and has improved the acidity", as mayor doris paul informed us. The monthly rent is 275 euros and the purchase of the equipment is estimated at 7434 euros "and would be a good investment". This was also the opinion of the entire council, which unanimously supported the purchase of the ventilator, which is still being overhauled.
Regarding the status of plans for the bypass, the mayor said that the previous plans had been revised and that detailed planning for a new bypass route was still required. Regarding the planned bicycle path to rudenhausen, the information came that land acquisition was still necessary. Possible changes in the planning for the bicycle path had to be included in the change of the land use plan.