November 21st, 2008

Monument inaugurated on former synagogue site

Halberstadt – In commemoration of the destruction of Halberstadt's synagogue, a monument has been inaugurated on the site where the synagogue once stood. The monument was built by the artist Olaf Wegewitz on the foundations of the synagogue destroyed by the Nazis and is called "And the living should take this to heart". The artist used the few remaining base-plates of the former synagogue in the design of the monument. In her address at the inauguration ceremony, the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Charlotte Knobloch, spoke of the suffering of Jews and their systematic extermination during the Nazi era. "It is important to remind people, especially young ones, that there was once Jewish life here," she said. (21.11.2008)