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Decorative block from the Neue Synagoge in Berlin, mounted on a commemorative plank with a cast facsimile

Object | Accession Number: 1990.159.1

Decorative block from the southern facade of the 1866 Neue Synagoge [New Synagogue] in Berlin. It was used as a model to cast additional handformed ceramic construction pieces in the Grossraeschen (Sachsen) brick factory during a rebuilding of the facade in 1988. Originally named the Oranienburger Strasse Synagogue, it had seating for 3000 and was the largest in Germany. It was damaged by rioters during the Kristallnacht pogrom on November 9-10, 1938, but was still used by the dwindling Jewish community of Berlin under Nazi rule. In 1940, the German Army seized the building to use as a warehouse for uniforms. It was heavily damaged by Allied bombings in 1943. It was later further dismantled under the East German regime after the war. The synagogue has been partially restored and now serves as a monument and museum.

creation:  1866
commemoration:  1990 December 06
use: Synagoge Oranienburger Strasse; Berlin (Germany)
Architectural Elements
Object Type
Block cornices (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin - Centrum Judaicum
Record last modified: 2022-02-22 07:50:46
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