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Old November 12th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #1
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New synagogue in Munich

New synagogue signals a Jewish rebirth in Munich

MUNICH -- Jews were welcomed back into the heart of Munich yesterday with a procession of Torah scrolls and the dedication of a new downtown synagogue -- replacing one Adolf Hitler personally ordered destroyed as an "eyesore" in the center of his power base.

Jewish leaders said the ceremony -- on the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass -- was a sign they were back to stay.

"Today we can show the entire world that Hitler did not succeed in annihilating us," said Charlotte Knobloch, Germany's top Jewish leader who was a young girl in Munich the night the Nazis attacked synagogues and Jewish businesses nationwide.

She fought back tears as Munich's mayor handed her the large, gleaming key to the stone-and-glass synagogue in the Jackobsplatz square, only blocks from where Joseph Goebbels ordered the destruction of Kristallnacht.

The synagogue, part of a complex that will house a Jewish community center, café, schools, and a museum to Jewish history, is a milestone for this burgeoning Jewish community of 9,200 members.

Not only does it give Munich's Jews a new synagogue, it returns them to the city's center for the first time since World War II. Until now, worshipers have crammed into a small temple in a far-flung neighborhood.

"This synagogue is not just a trial, it's a hope. It's a place of hope, that there will not be a repetition," said Rabbi Israel Singer, of the World Jewish Congress, one of 1,200 guests at the ceremony that followed the procession of silver-topped Torah scrolls through the city's winding cobblestone streets.

Built of travertine stone topped by a glass cube giving a view of the heavens, the synagogue cost about $72 million. Funding came from the city of Munich, the state of Bavaria, Munich's Jewish community, and private donations.

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Old November 14th, 2006, 10:18 PM   #2
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@LuckyLuke: Thank you for your post. I´ve got some further photos of the other buildings build together with the synagogue:

You can see the new jewish museum on the left and on the right the structure of the stones of the synagogue:


Once again the museum on the right and the new jewish cultural centre on the right:


A different view of the cultural centre:


Even though i generally do not like such cubic buildings like the museum and cultural centre, most important for me is that the jewish community came back to the city centre again.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 10:40 PM   #3
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Love it.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 10:49 PM   #4
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Thank you for posting such an encouraging story!
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Old November 14th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #5
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someone knows who design it ? who is the architect ?
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Old November 15th, 2006, 12:09 AM   #6
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someone knows who design it ? who is the architect ?
The synagogue was designed by the an architecture firm called "Wandel-Hoefer-Lorch" being based in a german town called Saarbrücken. They also designed Dresden’s New Synagogue in 2001, see

http://www.forward.com/articles/munich-redux/

or the following link for pictures of Dresden´s Synagogue:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ca...den?uselang=de
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Old December 4th, 2006, 06:04 PM   #7
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I prefer the Synagogue in Dresden
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Old December 9th, 2006, 04:15 AM   #8
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Dear god, thats an ugly synagogue.
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 09:31 PM   #9
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I like the building but the home for a religious gathering would look better with a less rigid design. The museum needs open space with trees. I hope the whole of the three buildings will become like a park.
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yup a litle bit rigid to a Synagogue
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 10:12 PM   #11
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I like the contrast between the stone-closed and the open sky.
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Old December 24th, 2006, 01:10 AM   #12
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Absolutely! This is excellent:



Though I'd sooner wish to see a play or see a concert there.

Other places of worship in München are very exquisite, baroque and predominantly of round shapes. This looks like a bunker, a box, but I'm probably mislead. I'm not religious. Somehow though this doesn't appear like a religious place to me.
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Old December 25th, 2006, 11:04 AM   #13
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this is ... strange

nice view inside, but outside

EDIT: THe more I look at it, the more I begin to like it...

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Old December 30th, 2006, 08:10 PM   #14
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The synagogue doesn't really fit in the surrounding, but the architecture itself is OK
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It's ok. The interior is pretty nice and the outside is confusing but unique, I guess. Is the rocky wall supposed to bear resemblance to that wall in Jerusalem?
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Old December 30th, 2006, 08:27 PM   #16
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Old December 30th, 2006, 08:58 PM   #17
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Ugly, i hate that building!!!
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Old December 31st, 2006, 11:35 PM   #18
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