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Walking Frankentaler Ufer along northern bank of Landwehrkanal I easy noticed this building on my picture. There were many cameras on and around the edifice and two police officers watching. I first thought that it was an office of someone important.
But the building accommodated Jewish community centre and a small synagogue. Both were closed to public when I was there.
There was a huge orthodox synagogue, the center of orthodox Jewish life in Berlin at this place before WWII. Orthodox Jews celebrated the sabbath there from 1913-1938 until members of Hitler's police stormed the building and burnt the torah scrolls. The complex was then confiscated by the Nazi authorities and used as... a garage.
During WWII the synagogue was completely destroyed by bombs but Jewish community decided to rebuild or rather build new buildings which stand till now.
There are also more known Jewish culture centers in Berlin, both open to the public and located nearby:
1. New Synagogue on Oranienstraße, which houses the Centrum Judaicum. There are various expositions open to the public. A large, golden dome is open to the public but exclusively April 1 - September 30.
2. The Jewish Museum - the most significant example of contemporary architecture in Berlin, hmm... I only drove along the building and liked it.
Next time I am going to visit both Jewish centers.
U-bahn: Kottbusser Tor (U1, U15). From the station walk southwards Kottbuser Straße and turn left to Fraenkelufer before the bridge over Landwehrkanal. Walk along the canal, the synagogue on the right.
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