Jewish Mementos in the Zala Comitatus
This large town was located on several
important trade routes and already attracted Jewish settlers in the middle of
the 18th century. In 1746 3 Jews lived here, in 1778 there were 87. The census
of Jews of 1782 mentioned the synagogue of the Lövő Jews which is proof of the
existence of a Jewish community. Its first rabbi was Jakab Anhalzer. In 1848 the
Lövő community counted 176 persons, 44 families, and in 1851 two teachers
taught at the school under the supervision of the rabbi. The Jewish school had
to close after World War I.
The 9 survivors of the Holocaust returned to find the synagogue in ruins and the
cemetery destroyed. The synagogue has since been rebuilt. In 1946 there were
still 19 Jews in the town, they later moved to Budapest or emigrated. In 1949
the congressional community counted 17 members with Mór Weltlinger as president.
The community had only one town.
by Scholem Alejchem & Alexandra Vogt