Germany: Augsburg synagogue gears up for centenary this year

Entry to the Augsburg synagogue. Photo by Alois Wüst, via Wikimedia, GNU Free Documentation License

Entry to the Augsburg synagogue. Photo by Alois Wüst, via Wikimedia, GNU Free Documentation License

 

The domed synagogue in Augsburg, Germany (which anchors a major Jewish museum) celebrates its centenary this year and has just released its “Jubilee Program” — a series of events in April, May, and June to mark the occasion.

The program includes lectures, meetings, exhibitions, and concerts — as well as more than a dozen opportunities to take scheduled guided tours of the building.

As we reported, the German Culture Ministry has announced a €6 million grant toward a general renovation of the synagogue as part of anniversary initiatives.

Designed by Fritz Landauer and Heinrich Lömpel, the building has a domed central structure and was constructed between 1913 and 1917.

It was devastated on Kristallnacht, 1938, and renovated between 1974 and 1985, when it was reopened and rededicated, with the sanctuary remaining a place of worship. The building’s west wing houses the  Augsburg-Swabia Jewish Culture Museum, which was founded in 1985 as the first independent Jewish museum in postwar Germany. Its permanent exhibition celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.

Click to read the full program of Jubilee events

 

 

 

One thought on “Germany: Augsburg synagogue gears up for centenary this year

  1. I feel very connected to the synagogue. We owned movie theatres, one of them Rex Kino in the Bahnhofstraße. The court in the back was adjacent to the synagogues backyard. A heavy steel double door closed off the gate into it.

    I stopped at the museum on a visit to Germany in 2009. It is of stunning beauty.

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