The Jewish School
A Timeline of Events
1848 - 1855
1st School. Isaac VandewartAccording to the city chronicles, the first Jewish school is founded in 1848. ( Benkert s.Lit.) From 1860 Isaac Vandewart acts as teacher.
Picture: Bad Neustadt. Ludwig Richter 1850
Building PurchasedLocal Jews purchase a building as the venue for a community center, school and prayer hall in Storchengasse 17.
Picture: Article from Allgemeine Zeitung of Judaism from September 25, 1860 Opening of trade school. Vandewart 1860.
Herman DorfzaunHerman Dorfzaun is appointed as a religious teacher. He acts in this position for some years and dies in 1921 (Frankfurt)
Gerson BergthalA tender is published for the post of a Cantor and religion teacher. Gerson Bergthal applies for the job and gets it.
Gerson Bergthal teaches at school until 1904.
Note: Since 1897, Gerson Bergthal taught Jewish Religion in the Gymnasium of Muennerstadt
Picture: Announcement in the magazine "The Israelite" from July 2, 1879
Gerson BergthalGerson Bergthal gets a special award for 25 years of teaching.
Picture: Article in Frankfurt Jewish Family Group Sheet from December 23, 1904 Bergenthal, 25 years teacher.
Isaac WahlerBorn: Isaac Wahler, son to Israel and Bella Wahler.
Picture: Isaac Wahler as soldier in US Army. 1940s.
Carl (Karlman) WahlerIsrael Wahler (author of "School History records from 1913 to 1931") acts as a teacher in Hörstein, approximately 110 km from Bad Neustadt.
Picture: Hörstein Synagogue
Carl (Karlman) WahlerCarl (Karlman) Wahler - son of Isaac Wahler, starts teaching at Bad Neustadt.
Picture: Notice in local newspaper:
The police will give a bonus for tips about the people who drew Nazi crosses on Jewish homes.
Carl Wahler Head TeacherCarl Wahler is appointed to post of head teacher
Picture: Announcement in the Bavarian Jewish community newspaper from September 8, 1926. Karlmann Wahler appointed as head teacher.
Death of Carl (Karlman) WahlerCarl Wahler dies.
Picture: Article from "The Israelite" from April 10, 1931. Announcement of the Death of Karlmann Wahler (1931)
Israel WahlerIsrael Wahler (born 1875) moves to Bad Neustadt and takes his brother's post as teacher in the school.
His son, Isaac attends the high school which is today the Rhoen-Gymnasium.
Picture: Announcement in the Bavarian Jewish community newspaper of 15 April 1931.
Isaac Wahler934 Isaac Wahler is sent by his parents to the USA.
Picture: Isaac Wahler in the memorial House of the Wannsee Conference, 16.01.2008
Israel Wahler and Children
End of the SchoolIsrael Wahler is deported together with his wife Bella in 1942 to Izbica, Poland where he perishes along with many of his pupils. The school closes along with the rest of the community
Picture: ID card. Israel Wahler.
Return to GermanyIsaac Wahler returns to Germany as a US soldier and starts researching about his parents. He finds Gestapo acts dealing with the deportation of the Jews from Unterfranken (Lower Franconia), including the names of his parents.
Picture: Deportation list. Israel & Bella Wahler at bottom of page.