‘A country that rebuilds palaces should also rebuild synagogues’: Behind the efforts to rebuild the Fraenkelufer Synagogue

Sylvia Cunningham

 

The Fraenkelufer Synagogue in Kreuzberg is host to a growing community, spanning nationalities and denominations. Of the building itself, however, only part remains, the rest having been destroyed by Nazis during Pogromnacht in 1938 and bombing in the early 1940s. But plans to rebuild it are currently in development.

We spoke to Dekel Peretz, the synagogue’s program director, and Raed Saleh, the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) in Berlin’s Parliament. Saleh, who was born in Palestine before moving to Germany as a child, initiated the project to rebuild the synagogue, putting it simply that he thinks a country that rebuilds palaces should also rebuild synagogues.

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