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Judisches Gemendehaus, Fasanen Strasse

 
 
This memorial stands outside the 'Judisches Gemendehaus' (Jewish Community Centre) on FasanenStrasse near its junction with Kurfurstendamm Strasse, almost opposite the Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin and was designed by Richard Hess in 1987.   The quote next to the shape of the Torah scroll is: "A law is for the citizen and for the stranger that is among you." It comes from the Fourth Book of Moses, 15:16.
 
The Centre is built on the site of a synagogue destroyed on Kristallnacht and the only distinguishing feature on the ugly modern building is the portico salvaged from the remains of the synagogue which has been placed at the entrance to the centre. A photo of what the synagogue looked like is near the entrance. The column in the background of the photo which shows the scroll is the only remaining part of the synagogue, although this may have been moved to make way for the building.

 

The wall depicts all the major concentration camps and this is on the right (as you look from the street) of the centre near the entrance gates. The camps are geographically in the right place on the wall ie) the ones in Poland are in the East and the German ones in the west etc. For more information about the centre and its history visit this website.
http://www.engr.psu.edu/deutschlandsarchitektur/berlin/denkmaeler/juedische.html

 
All images ©Barry Anysz

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