A new synagogue has opened in the heart of Munich – 68 years, day for day, after a notorious Nazi pogram against the Jews. The building opened its doors on the anniversary of Kristallnacht or the “night of broken glass” when hundreds of synagogues were destroyed across Germany and in parts of Austria. Jewish homes and shops were ransacked and Jews were attacked and beaten to death.
The newly rebuilt synagogue is close to where a former Jewish place of worship once stood before it was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938. Jewish community leader Charlotte Knobloch was there.
“The old synagogue on Herzog Rudolf Street was still burning, when I walked along with my dad,” she told those attending the ceremony.
“I was afraid. To me there was no future.”
A Neo-Nazi group had planned a bomb attack at the site on the foundation-laying ceremony, three years ago. In a speech at Thursday’s event, the country’s president Horst Koehler warned anti-Semitism was still alive in Germany.