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The New Synagogue

Updated: Oct 2, 2022

The New Synagogue in Berlin was built in the 1860s as the central synagogue of the Jewish community in Berlin. It has a unique Moorish style and is considered one of the most magnificent buildings in the city. Chancellor Bismarck himself inaugurated the synagogue.


On November 9th-10th, 1938, the Nazis set fire to synagogues throughout Germany, including the New Synagogue. A police officer dispersed the crowd and allowed the fire department to fire and save the building. Later, the Nazis turned the prayer hall into a warehouse. During WWII, The structure was damaged by air bombs. After the reunification of Germany, they started to renovate the dom and the front of the synagogue. However, the main praying hall was not restored.




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