The Old Synagogue becomes a “memorial site”

In 1980, following a fire in the industrial design exhibition, the Old Synagogue was established as a “place of remembrance and commemoration.” A first exhibition on the theme of “resistance against fascism” was presented, albeit without reference to the history of the building. The first director, however, established contacts with Jewish emigrants, whom the city then invited. A collection was built up and a new permanent exhibition inaugurated, which presents the history of Jewish persecution. The general history of National Socialism was assigned to the city archive. Using the old interior decoration, a panel exhibition was presented.  

Inside the synagogue there is now a wall exhibition, you can see the seating for lectures, a group is sitting together and listening to someone who is speaking.

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