June 30th, 2008

Gelsenkirchen 's Jewish Community marks 50th anniversary of its synagogue

Gelsenkirchen – The Jewish Community of Gelsenkirchen organized a festive event in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its synagogue on Von-der-Recke-Strasse inaugurated on 29 June 1958. The head of the Community, Judith Neuwald-Tasbach, spoke of those Holocaust survivors who began to build a new Jewish Community in 1946, one of them being her father, Kurt Neuwald. "Those who returned to Germany after the Holocaust were brave men and women. They chose the hard path by deciding to stay, to build a synagogue, and to start a family. He who decides to have children has hope for the future." Before 1933 the Community had 1,800 members, today it is 410. The head of the regional association of Jewish communities of Westphalia-Lippe, Hanna Sperling, also recognised the achievements of the returnees, reported the daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung . "They transmitted their knowledge to the next generation and laid the foundation for today's Jewish life in Germany ," she said. (30.06.2008)