Kurt, Nathan and Hanns with his Grandfather Daniel Ackermann

State Rabbi Moshe Flomenmann helds high a Torah scroll

Dessauer Synagoge around the year 1909

Jewish community in Dessau
© Kai Bienert

Programme 2017


Sunday, 26 February 2017

11.00 a.m., Excursion
to Dessau's Synagogue

Be a guest of
Dessau's Jewish community

Almost 200 years of turbulent history separate Kurt Weill and Moses Mendelssohn – and yet their lives display many parallels. Both grew up in Dessau's Jewish community, both went as young men to Berlin in order to explore new ideas and musical worlds as well as to face fresh challenges. Both also suffered ostracism. Dessau's historic synagogue was burnt down in the Nazi pogrom of 1938 (the so-called "Night of broken glass") along with so many other Jewish places of worship. One primary aim of today's Jewish community in Dessau is to revive the city's Jewish life and to preserve the old traditions. In the current atmosphere of right-wing bigotry, it is vital that we foster cultural exchange and express solidarity with one another.

The Kurt-Weill-Gesellschaft e.V. is supporting efforts to reconstruct a synagogue at an historic location in order to create a visible sign of reconciliation and integration.

Further information:
+49 (0) - 340 - 221 51 07

Historical places of Jewish life in Dessau >>>

admission free


+49(0)341 - 14 990 900

© Roßdeutscher & Bartel GbR, Leipzig, 2017