August 10th, 2005

History

History of the Central Council of Jews in Germany

In the year 2010 the Central Council of Jews in Germany celebrated its 60th anniversary. Its foundation along with the Constituent Assembly took place in Frankfurt (Main) on 19 July 1950. The delegates were sent by Jewish communities that had already been established in the four occupied zones of Germany, which had been placed under American, British, French and Soviet administration.


At the time of foundation there were still some 15,000 Jews living in Germany. A Directorate of four people took charge of the affairs of this umbrella organization. 15 representatives of the communities formed a board known as the Council. Frankfurt became the first seat of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, although it later moved to Düsseldorf and then Bonn. Since 1 April 1999 the Central Council of Jews in Germany has maintained its headquarters in Berlin.