August 5th, 2008

Building work on synagogue in Schwerin under way

Schwerin – Building work on a new synagogue has begun in the centre of Schwerin. The newspaper Schweriner Volkszeitung reports that the synagogue will be inaugurated on the 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht and provide space for about 100 people. The prayer hall and the Community Centre will be erected on the foundations of the previous synagogues from 1773 and 1819. After the pogrom of 9 November 1938, the Jews of Schwerin were forced to pull down the synagogue from 19th century with their own hands. Only a memorial stone set at the time of the GDR marked the site where the synagogue had once stood. The state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has provided € 600,000 from federal funds for the construction of the synagogue. The Jewish Community of Schwerin has about 1,000 members most of whom are immigrants from the former Soviet Union. (05.08.2008)