Neue Synagogue in Oranienburger Strasse

17 12 2007

The synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse 28-30 was opened in 1866, then the largest synagogue in Germany, with 3,200 seats. Otto von Bismarck was present at its inauguration. It is located in what was back then a large Jewish district, and now is a very popular spot, crowded with pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Neue Synagogue enterance

The synagogue was designed by Eduard Knoblauch in a neo-byzantine style. It was heavily damaged by the Nazis during Kristallnacht, and destroyed in 1943 in a bombing. In 1953 the building was demolished. Its reconstruction started only after the fall of the Wall, and completed in 1995. The synagogue had a very distinctive golden dome, very fancy, not very appropriate for a synagogue, as I understand my religion, but what the hell, they have to compete…

Neue Synagogue dome

Inside the synagogue there is a permanent exhibition, showing the history of the building and its congregation. There is also a changing exhibition. The one we caught in 2005 was “Art from Auschwitz”. The current exhibition is something about Lvov, or, according to the website of the place, “Threshold between East and West”, and it will run until 6 January. Check out the site for the next exhibition.

The synagogue is also an active house of prayer. From September until April it is open Sunday through Thursday between 10 to 18, and Friday from 10 to 14. From May to August it is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10 to 18, Monday and Sunday from 10 to 20, and Friday from 10 to 17. Naturally, it is closed on Jewish holidays.

Admission is 3 euros (2 euros reduced), or 4.60 euros including special exhibition. And you pay an extra 1.50 euros if you want to see the dome from the inside.

There is also a restaurant there called “Kadima”. We didn’t go there, as we have pretty bad connotations for this name (it’s the name of the political party our degenerate Prime Minister heads, and a pretty degenerate party by its own merit).

Kadima restaurant


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12 05 2008
Andy Mayo (09:12:28) :

I believe this synagogue became quite controversial because of that beautiful golden dome; it was “foreign” and showed Jewish allegiance elsewhere, despite the great interest in “Orientalism” generally.

Thanks for putting up this great web site. I believe there are a lot of parallels between German and American history, and specifically between Chicago and Berlin. I respect Germans for taking responsibility for their crime against humanity, something Americans have refused to do. Americans continue to shrug off slavery and the racism that justified it while celebrating the mythic Old South. We’re seeing the old attitudes now — with Hillary Clinton’s comments that white men won’t vote for a black man. Now doubt there is much more ugliness to come.

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