Halberstadt's history has been closely connected to its Jewish population ever since the 14th century. Nowadays, a multitude of relics, buildings and squares still bear witness to the growth and decline of the city's Jewish community, which once represented up to 10 percent of its overall population.
The community's most illustrious representative, the court Jew Berend Lehmann, worked in the courts of Prussia, Hanover and Saxony. It was above all thanks to his work as a patron that Halberstadt was one of the largest Jewish communities in central Europe in the 17th and 18th century.
The Berend Lehmann Museum now plays an extremely active role in preserving Jewish heritage. The well-preserved Klaus synagoge, three Jewish cemeteries and architectural artefacts are all impressive examples of an aspect of Halberstadt's history that is still very much alive today.