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Metal plaque with scene of men seated at table

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:

The Fasanenstrasse Synagogue was Berlin’s liberal Synagogue and the largest Synagogue in Berlin. It was opened in 1912, and during its years of operation had been for a time the spiritual home to Rabbi Leo Baeck. During the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 9 and 10, 1938, along with many other synagogues in Germany and Austria, the Fasanenstrasse Synagogue had been set on fire - under Joseph Goebbels orders - and destroyed by SA thugs. This plaque, depicting a Seder scene with a group of Rabbis - probably influenced by a painting by the 19th century artist Moritz Oppenheim - had been damaged in the ensuing destruction of the synagogue. However, someone, perhaps a congregant, had been able to rescue the bullet-damaged plaque and carry it out of Germany to Jerusalem.


7 1/2 x 12 1/2"


Kristallnacht, Great Temple of Berlin


Early, Polenaktion, Material

Cast Metal Plaque, Rescued from Berlin's Fasanenstrasse Synagogue During Kristallnacht



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