Archive for July 19th, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tai De: Construction Work on Verden’s old Synagogue Site

After half a year or so, my good old friend from Verden an der Aller, Tai De, has risen from hibernation a construction site in his native town, to raise some unhappy memories – or that’s how I read his post about the site of Verden’s former synagogue. The Jewish house of worship was burnt down by the Nazi-led Reichskristallnacht, in 1938.

The place is now designated to become a shopping center. For several decades, somewhere between 1938 and very recently, it housed a car dealership which was demolished a few weeks ago.

The question now seems to be how to combine economic interests and reverence.

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