Welcome to this project

The aim of this website is to memorialize the tradition and the history of the synagogues and prayer halls in East Germany, as well as the communities affiliated with them. It documents, in words and photographs, their history, from the beginning through their golden age and until their destruction.

This website consists in large parts a manuscript with the institution's findings but also of additional research conducted by German archives and local historians who contributed their knowledge to "Beit Ashkenaz". The project manager is Ms Elisheva Shirion MA, large parts (in German language) had been researched and written by Ms Sigrun Marks and Ms Wencke Lehneis MA and (in English language) by Dr Heidemarie Wawrzyn.

This work was kindly supported by grants of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.