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Object ID

2019.2.356

Object Name

Plaque

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Description

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.

Dimensions

7 1/2 x 12 1/2"

Keywords

Kristallnacht, Great Temple of Berlin

Subcollection

1933-1938: Nazification and Early Stages of Persecution: Identification, Expropriation and Aryanization; and Emigration; First Concentration Camps; Sterilization and Euthanasia Program; Internment Camps

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

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