The institute conducting the research for this work is the Synagogue Memorial "Beit Ashkenaz". It was founded in 1985 by Prof. em. Dr. Meir Schwarz, an eyewitness of the pogrom in his then-home Nuremberg. It is the declared aim of the Jerusalem-based "Beit Ashkenaz" to perpetuate the memory of German Jewry, its members, traditions, achievements as Jews in Germany in science, culture, and social life, communities and synagogues. In addition to various other memorial projects, "Beit Ashkenaz" has published a series of memorial books in German, hitherto consisting of seven volumes. These books, the basis of this website and the affiliated two-volume book, were published in cooperation with German institutions and universities.