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.