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Reproduction of a decorative block from the Neue Synagoge in Berlin, mounted on a commemorative plank with an original brick

Object | Accession Number: 1990.159.2

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    Brief Narrative
    Cast of a decorative block from the southern facade of the 1866 Neue Synagoge [New Synagogue] in Berlin. It was made in the Grossraeschen (Sachsen) brick factory during a rebuilding of the facade in 1988, when approximately 5000 similar handformed ceramic construction pieces were created. Originally named the Oranienburger Strasse Synagogue, it had seating for 3,000 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:  1988
    commemoration:  1990 December 06
    manufacture: Saxony (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin - Centrum Judaicum

    Physical Details

    Architectural Elements
    Object Type
    Block cornices (aat)
    Building models
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, hollow, yellow-tan, cast plaster block. The front has an inset relief design of 2 intertwined leaves surrounded by a circle with vertical lines, within a square border, with triangular corner insets. There are arch-shaped openings on both sides. Numbers and illegible symbols are etched on top. The cornice is attached to a wooden presentation plank which also holds a block from the original structure.
    overall: Height: 11.500 inches (29.21 cm) | Width: 8.125 inches (20.638 cm) | Depth: 8.500 inches (21.59 cm)
    overall : plaster
    top, etched : [--?] 77a

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    The block cornice was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990 by the Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin-Centrum Judaicum.
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    2023-06-06 11:51:29
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