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

V8

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.

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