Burg Altena, Germany
JÜDISCHES DOKUMENTATIONSZENTRUM

The museum and documentation center is situated at the Wolfsthalplatz, named after a jewish Aschaffenburg family, who chose suicide to escape Nazi terror. The place itself marks the space of the former Synagogue, the "new Synagogue" built here in 1893 and destroyed 1938 in the "Reichs-pogrome-night". It is now a memorial for the jewish community in Aschaffenburg, a community which does not exist any longer. A synagogue has existed here, in the "new" city of Aschaffenburg since the 17th century, while during medieval times the synagogue was situated in the very center of the oldest part of the town. The resident building of the museum was built in 1899 on the place of the old communal center of the jewish community, replaced by the new synagogue.

The documentation center is taken care of by the city archive, the exhibition by a charity. The exhibition is built on information tables describing the 700 years of documented jewish history in Aschaffenburg and the distruction of the jewish community during the Nazi regime. It also includes ritual objects and other testimonies of the jewish life and culture in Aschaffenburg.

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