Kristallnacht 85 years ago: How it is remembered in Hamburg today | – News

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On the 85th anniversary of the pogrom night, people in Hamburg are once again remembering the murdered Jews in their city.

Today’s memorial day is different than in previous years: Never since the Holocaust have so many Jews been murdered on one day as on October 7th, said David Rubinstein, managing director of the Jewish Community in Hamburg. The terrorist attack by Hamas just over a month ago was a turning point.

Commemoration in the Grindelviertel

This is one of the reasons why November 9th is receiving special attention in Hamburg this year. It was only six weeks ago that the citizens decided to buy the property of the former Bornplatz synagogue to be returned to the Jewish community. It is exactly there, in the Grindelviertel, that what is probably the most important memorial event in Hamburg will take place this afternoon.

Among others, Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) and Bishop Kirsten Fehrs are expected. Also taking part are the chairman of the Jewish community, Philipp Stricharz, writer Kirsten Boie, Tanja Chawla from the DGB and climate protection activist Luisa Neubauer.

This commemoration is important, said Rubinstein – but also a look at the Jewish future in Hamburg. Bornplatz is also a symbol of this, because the synagogue is to be rebuilt there.

Cleaning stumbling blocks against forgetting

Many people in Hamburg are remembering the victims today by visiting some of the more than Clean 7,000 stumbling blocks in the city or place grave lights next to it. Those interested can visit the Website of the Hamburg Stolperstein Initiative or use the “Stolpersteine ​​Deutschland” app to find out about the people who are commemorated with the memorial stones.

Pogrom night 85 years ago

On November 9, 1938, the National Socialists Synagogues all over Germany were set on fire on the night of the pogrom. A number of Jewish institutions were also destroyed in Hamburg, including the Bornplatz Synagogue on Joseph-Carlebach-Platz near the university. Until 1938, the prayer house was the symbol of Jewish life in the Hanseatic city, the largest Jewish place of worship in northern Germany and should now be rebuilt.

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Burning synagogue on Bergstrasse in Hanover on November 10, 1938. © HAZ-Hauschild-Archive, Hanover Historical Museum.  Photo: Wilhelm Hauschild

85 years ago today, at the behest of the National Socialists, a number of synagogues and Jewish shops burned down in northern Germany.

49 freshly laid in June 2018 "stumbling blocks" with roses on it in the Langenhorn district of Hamburg.  © dpa/picture alliance Photo: Ulrich Perrey

The artist Gunter Demnig remembers the Nazi victims with stumbling blocks. Cleaning campaigns are taking place on today’s anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Representatives of the Hamburg citizenship cut up a copy of a document ordering the National Socialists to destroy the synagogue on the site of the former Bornplatz synagogue.  © picture alliance/dpa Photo: Daniel Bockwoldt

The citizens unanimously decided to return the property in Hamburg’s Grindelviertel. The synagogue is to be rebuilt.

Hamburg's First Mayor Max Brauer (2nd from left) during the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone for the first new synagogue building after the Second World War on November 9, 1958 in Hamburg.  On the far right the state rabbi Dr.  Ludwig Solomonowicz.  © dpa - Report Photo: Lothar Heidtmann

65 years ago today, the foundation stone for the first new synagogue building after the Second World War was laid in Hamburg.

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