»Fire! 75 Years after the Pogroms in November 1938«

Picture: »Fire! 75 years after Kristallnacht in November 1938«

On the evening of November 9th 1938 Joseph Goebbels prompted a wide-reaching wave of terror against Jews – in consultation with Adolf Hitler. On the next two days the SA, SS and Hitler Youth destroyed a dozen synagogues, many homes and several thousand places of business in Berlin. At least seven people lost their lives, 3,000 Jewish men from Berlin were deported to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and many more were detained in jails for days.

The Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Topography of Terror and the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum took the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Kristallnacht in 2013 to revise and expand the exhibition »Fire!«, which was first shown in 2008. The project was lead by Dr Ulrich Baumann (Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe).

From November 8th 2013 through March 2nd 2014 the exhibition »Fire! 75 Years after the Pogroms in November 1938« was open for visitors at the documentation centre of the Topography of Terror. The exhibition is dedicated to the incidents that took place in the capital of the Reich, Berlin, and displays 26 examples of the architectural diversity of synagogues in Central Europe, their destruction and how synagogues and their ruins were dealt with after 1938. In this way the exhibition shows developments and the different forms of remembrance in the Federal Republic, the GDR and the reunited Germany, in Austria, Czech Republic and France as well as in the former German territories that now belong to Poland and the Russian Federation.

The exhibition opening was held on 7 November 2013 in the documentation centre of the Topography of Terror. Photos of the event can be found here.

Exhibition Catalogue
A comprehensive catalogue with numerous photographs, which were previously mainly unknown, will accompany the exhibition. The catalogue is available online and in the bookshop in the Information Centre of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and at the information desk of the Topography of Terrors documentation centre and the Centrum Judaicum for 15 €.