Kurt Weill legacy pays for synagogue in Dessau

The composer’s father, a cantor in Dessau, was forced into emigration by the Nazis. His synagogue was burnt down on Kristallnacht in November 1938.

dessau synagogue old


The state of Sachsen-Anhalt is the only one in Germany not to have built a Jewish house of worship in the post-Nazi era. Now we read in Das Orchester that money from the Kurt Weill Foundation will restore a synagogue to the town.

Dessau was the birthplace not just of Kurt Weill but, two centuries earlier, of Moses Mendelssohn. More here.


dessau synagogue

architect’s model

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