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1 Sara Di Diego = "This is the oldest standing Jewish place of worship in Europe.  Bishop Rüdiger Huzmann brought Jews here in order to protect them, from 1184 to 1349.  It was a essentially a fenced safe haven in the Middle Ages.  However in 1349, Jews were blamed for the Black Plague and thus hunted down.  Although some people were able to return to this community, it never regained its former prominence.Work Cited:"
2 Sara Di Diego = "After the Holocaust, Speyer was abandoned until people inhabited the town once again in 1989 (when the Iron Curtain fell). Work Cited:"