This is an intriguing tour of emotions and success stories!
During this half day walking tour you will learn about the Jewish community in Bordeaux from the Inquisition to 20th century including a visit to the synagogue of Bordeaux, the old Jewish quarter and a walk in the past visiting personalities of Jewish origin.
Today, Bordeaux houses a fairly large and important Jewish community. First written reference to Jewish community was in 300 AD. Main residential area for the Jews was initially outside the city walls, west, along the rue Judaique. Sephardic Jews settled in Bordeaux to escape the horrors of the inquisition. France's first synagogue ordered by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808 was constructed in Bordeaux which was burnt accidentally and a new one constructed in 1882 that still stands today for us to visit.
We will visit one of France's largest synagogues, used twice as a prison during the Nazi occupation. Rothschild's escape by foot from Pauillac to Portugal to join de Gaulle's forces, only to come back to find out that his wife, a catholic, was killed in a concentration camp but his daughter Philippine was spared! Another formidable man who saved thousands of Jewish lives by issuing visas during the war only to be forgotten and condemned for his humane intensions.
Discover the families and Jewish personalities that have lived or come to Bordeaux. Find out who financed the reconstruction of Paris under Napoleon III and Paris's richest banker who donated his wealth upon his death to the Pasteur Institute.
A breathtaking tour of discovery into Bordeaux’s rich Jewish History.
NOTE: Additionally, we can add an extra hour for the clients to visit the cemeteries as well. We will need to know in advance to make the arrangements.