The New Synagogue in Darmstadt

As in most German cities, the synagogues in Darmstadt were destroyed by the Nazis during their pogrom night on November 9, 1938.

Fifty years later, in 1988, this New Synagogue was inaugurated. It was designed by the Jewish architect Alfred Jacoby and includes stained-glass windows by the English glass-artist Brian Clarke, which were financed by donations from the general public in Darmstadt.

At that time only 130 people were registered as members of the Jewish community in Darmstadt, but this number has since increased to 620, due mainly to immigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union.

My photo in this post is from 2008. I revised the text in 2024.

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7 thoughts on “The New Synagogue in Darmstadt”

  1. It is good to see that the synagogue was built to a 1980’s sty;e and didn’t try to recreate something from the terrible past. Is it not possible to get some photographs of the interior!

    1. There are some interior photos in the internet, but in this blog I only use photos I have taken myself (or ones that my father took before I was born).

  2. After the war for quite a few years the Orangerie was turned into the Darmstadt operahouse. Eventually they rebuilt the opera (or more accurately nuilt a new opera-house – in the late 1980s, I think. I sang Ottone in Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea there in September 1970 with later performances the following year or so. Hans Drewanz was GMD and Harro Dicks was Intendant. All a long time ago.

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