There’s a new festival in Lausitz, where Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky will play tonight in a restored Jewish sanctuary at Görlitz.
The synagogue in Görlitz is one of the most exciting cultural monuments in Germany. It is not only an Art Nouveau building of exceptional and deeply moving beauty by the Dresden architects William Loosow and Max Hans Kühne, who succeeded in combining contemporary building technologies with tradition, but also has an eventful history. Because it is one of the few synagogues in Germany that did not fall victim to the pogrom night of 1938. Despite its 33m high tower, it stood as a mute memorial, a vacant space in the middle of the city, until eight years ago when it was added to the list of national valuable cultural monuments and has been extensively restored since then.
Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky have a special affinity for this unique place and will bring the former synagogue to life almost six months before the planned reopening as a cultural center after a long renovation period.