Oberhausen an der Appel

General information: First Jewish presence: 1804; peak Jewish population: 11 in 1848; Jewish population 1933: 0
Summary: Records are almost entirely silent about the Jews of Oberhausen. We do know, however, that Oberhausen was home to a few Jews during the late 1800s and early 1900s; to five Jews in the years 1801 to 1825; and to 11 Jews in 1848. There are differing opinions as to whether or not a synagogue existed in Oberhausen an der Appel. According to an academic from the University of Mannheim, a synagogue was destroyed in Oberhausen on Pogrom Night, an assertion for which no evidence is supplied. However, nowhere do records mention an official Jewish community or a synagogue, and it is admittedly unlikely that one would have been built for a community of 11 Jews (the peak population figure).
Author / Sources: Moshe Finkel
Sources: AJ, SG-RPS