Synagogues destroyed in Kristallnacht to be ‘rebuilt’ digitally

To commemorate Kristallnacht this year, 18 synagogues that were destroyed during the pre-war Nazi-era pogrom in Germany will be digitally recreated and projected onto current buildings on November 9.

Video projections of the 18 digitally reconstructed synagogues will be shown on current buildings and screens at their original historic sites in 13 locations throughout Germany, including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and beyond, on the evening of November 9 between 5 a.m. pm and 6 pm, depending on the location.

Another five screenings will take place in Austria.

The project is an initiative of the World Jewish Congress with the support of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the Federation of Austrian Jewish Communities designed to “shed light on the richness and diversity of Jewish life in Germany”, prior to the Holocaust.

The initiative in Germany is carried out under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany, Christine Lambrecht, while in Austria the screenings will be under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Justice, lma Zadić, and the Minister Federal for the EU and Constitution, Karoline Edtstadler.

The interior of a synagogue in Berlin that was digitally rebuilt after being destroyed in Kristallnacht (credit: TU DARMSTADT)

The digital reconstructions were created by the Technical University of Darmstadt and the Technical University of Vienna.

Kristallnacht was a series of riots and pogroms organized by the Nazis in Germany from November 9-10, 1938, when 267 synagogues were destroyed, dozens if not hundreds of Jews murdered, thousands of Jewish businesses vandalized and looted in Germany and Austria , and 30,000 Jews. men arrested and sent to concentration camps.

“The Nazis invaded the most sacred buildings that provided shelter and solidarity to the people. The destruction of places of worship was an anticipation of the Holocaust, ”said the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, after the announcement of the project.

    The interior of a synagogue in Plauen that was digitally rebuilt after being destroyed in Kristallnacht (credit: TU DARMSTADT) The interior of a synagogue in Plauen that was digitally rebuilt after being destroyed in Kristallnacht (credit: TU DARMSTADT)

“The intent of the perpetrators was very clear. The presence of Jews was supposed to disappear from the public sphere and thus also be erased from the collective memory. This history makes it more important today to make visible and perceptible what was lost in 1938.

“In recent years, new synagogues have been reopened bringing hope for a more peaceful future. I hope this installation will get people interested in visiting a real synagogue and talking to Jewish communities around the world. “



Reference-www.jpost.com

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