Jewish Heritage Report
Vol. I, Nos. 3-4 / Winter 1997-98
Leipzig, Germany

Jewish Past Commemorated in Leipzig, Germany

This past June, the city of Leipzig, Germany, commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city's Jewish community - a community that was effectively destroyed during World War II. Today, fewer than 200 Jews live in Leipzig, a city which had a Jewish population of over 10,000 prior to 1939. Ceremonies were held in the Keil Synagogue, the only Leipzig synagogue that survived Kristallnacht. Leipzig mayor Hinrich Lehmann-Grube told the audience, which included eighty Holocaust survivors: "We remember the worst time in our history."

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