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Model for Bruchsal? The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

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A film report by ARTE. The young Museum of the History of Polish Jews functions as a cultural and educational centre with a cultural programme of contemporary exhibitions, films, debates, workshops, performances, concerts, readings and as a platform for dialogue and exchange. The impressive and excellent architecture reflects the museum's concept: life instead of the Holocaust is at the centre.

(Warsaw/Bottmingen, HF). For one and a half years, Warsaw has had a new landmark with the permanent exhibition in the POLIN Museum. The museum is located in the Muranów district, where Jewish life took place for centuries until the German occupiers established a ghetto in 1944 and murdered the inhabitants. For the first time, the museum presents the history of the Jews in Poland, which goes back over a thousand years, in connection with their cultural contribution. Read more (in German):

An 80-minute film report on the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, POLIN:

A short film (12 minutes) in English:

Article in the "Gießener Allgemeine" of 21 September 2011:

'Garden of remembrance' on [Marburg] synagogue site

Marburg (pm). Work has begun on the 'Garden of Remembrance' on the former synagogue site in Universitätsstraße. This was announced by the city. In September 2008, archaeological investigations were carried out on the site of the former synagogue in Universitätsstraße. It was found that after the destruction in 1938, the demolition of the building remains in 1938/39 and the remodelling in 1963, the original building substance still remained in the ground....

To pay tribute to Jewish life. The University City and the Jewish Community have agreed to erect a new memorial site on the site to provide information about the architecture of the synagogue building and the historical events at this site. It is intended to pay tribute to the square as a former place of Jewish religious life and serve as an inviting place of residence for the public.

Work on the 'Garden of Remembrance', as the square will be called, has begun these days. Initially, a retaining wall will be erected below the city wall dating from between 1180 and 1200. Afterwards, the areas on the site that have not yet been archaeologically explored will be examined. Identical to the floor plans of the former synagogue, a lawn will then indicate the location.

According to the press release, the overall work on the project, which is estimated at 900,000 euros, will be completed in time for the memorial day on 9 November next year. In 1892, the Jewish community acquired the land on which the synagogue was built between 1895 and 1897 according to plans by architect Wilhelm Spahr. The synagogue was destroyed during the Reichspogromnacht on 9 November 1938. The building was demolished to about 50 centimetres under the floor slab and prepared as a simple green area. In 1963 there was a public discussion about the history of this square for the first time, whereupon a memorial stone was erected and green areas were newly laid out, informed the city".