One of the European Holocaust memorials is located in the spa town of Merano, more precisely in the Via Friedrich Schiller road.
An important Jewish community in Central Europe has been at home in Merano since the end of the 19th century. Today the history of this religious community is told and recorded for posterity in a special museum, together with a synagogue and a cemetery: the Merano Jewish Museum - "Jüdisches Museum Meran" in German, "Museo Ebraico di Merano" in Italian.
Documents and historical objects illustrate the formation of the Jewish community, the years of its annihilation, the arduous reconstruction after the Shoah and the cultural life today, but also how it was connected, for example, with the growing Jewish tourism until the 1930s. Chaim Weizmann, later the first president of Israel, also stayed in Merano.
The key for the entrance gate of the Jewish Cemetery in the Via San Giuseppe road is available in the museum. It is the final resting place of numerous Jewish spa physicians and famous personalities such as the writers Joseph Wechsberg and Nahida Lazarus. And how to reach the Jewish Museum? It is located 300 m southwest of the Merano Thermal Baths and can be reached in 4 minutes on foot from the Thermal Baths car park or in 10 minutes from the town centre.
The museum stays closed on Jewish holidays and during the Christmas period. The key to the Jewish Cemetery is available at the Merano Jewish Museum.