Synagogues in Germany

January 29, 2017 – March 4, 2017 all-day
Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery
600 Shaftesbury Blvd
Winnipeg, MB R3P

Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction

This German multimedia exhibition reminds us that a genocide destroys not just people but a people, human collectivities sustained and enlarged by shared and flourishing cultures.

By recalling to the present some part of those objects, locations, and traditions that the Holocaust so violently put an end to in Germany, the exhibition asks visitors to reflect upon what the experience of cultural destruction was like for the Holocaust’s Jewish victims and survivors.

The exhibition is the result of more than twenty years of architectural research at Darmstadt Technical University dedicated to reclaiming some of Germany’s lost Jewish heritage. Work on the exhibition was begun following the 1994 firebombing of a Lübeck synagogue, the first racist attack on a Jewish house of worship in Germany since 1945. In response, scholars have created elaborate 3D digital reconstructions of more than 25 destroyed synagogues which visitors can explore using computer workstations. Along with associated placards, photographs, text panels, books, and three documentary films, these reconstructions speak to the nature and significance of cultural loss as an instrument of genocide. They also visually document the extraordinary architectural variety and historical importance of the buildings the Nazis destroyed, and in so doing contribute to commemorative work ongoing in the wake of the Holocaust by providing a source for reflection on what the historical destruction of Jewish culture means today.

This exhibition will be of particular interest to individuals and groups interested in learning more about:

  • The Holocaust and its legacies
  • Cultural genocide
  • Architectural history / spaces of worship in different traditions/religions
  • Architectural software and design
  • Technologically-mediated memory work
  • German-Jewish history and culture
  • Reconciliation and redress

Opening times for the exhibition will be:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Other evenings for group visits can be arranged. A complete schedule of exhibition-related events, themed tours by experts, and general tours for the public, will be published in January 2017.

For more information see the following Pamphlet