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Obj. ID: 53311  Holocaust memorial in Nördlingen, Germany, 1989, 2010

© Eva Maria Kraiss, Photographer: Kraiss, Eva Maria, 2022

Memorial Name

No official name

Who is Commemorated?

Jewish victims of the Holocaust from Nördlingen  

Description:

The memorial is situated in front of the city's library (Haus der Kultur). It consists of an obelisk-like stele and a glass plaque affixed to the wall of the library.

The obelisk-like stele bears two copper bands. The upper one features a bird on the front side and the word "Friede" (Peace) [to be photographed]. The lower one features a seven-branched menorah depicted on its front side and scenes inscribed “Handel und Gewerbe” [Trade and commerce] and “David preist Gott” [David praises God] on the sides [to be photographed]. Under the lower copper band, the Hebrew word "Remember" is written. A dedicatory inscription in German appears in the lower part of the stele.

The glass plaque on the wall is entitled "Jewish fellow citizens – deported from Nördlingen during the Nazi regime and murdered in concentration camps." It lists 50 names of Jews and two names of Social Democrats.

Inscription:

On the obelisk:

זכור

Translation: Remember!

Zur Erinnerung
an die jüdischen
Bürger der Stadt
die hier lebten

Translation: In memory of the Jewish citizens of the city that lived here.

On the plaque with names:

Jüdische Mitbürger –
während des Naziregimes aus Nördlingen deportiert
und in Konzentrationslagern ermordet

Translation: Jewish fellow citizens – deported from Nördlingen during the Nazi regime and murdered in concentration camps.

Commissioned by

Obelisk: Firma Schenavsky

Plaque: The city of Nördlingen 

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Vladimir Levin | 2024
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Holocaust memorial in Nördlingen | Unknown
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A stone in remembrance of Jewish citizens of Nördlingen was installed in 1979 by the Landesverband der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinden in Bayern (Riedl-Valder).

In 1989, a new monument was erected by Firma Schenavsky (Riedl-Valder).

The plaque with the names of Holocaust victims was installed on November 9, 2010.

According to the article by Jim Benninger in Rieser Nachrichten, "The plaque was initiated by Werner Eisenschink on the occasion of the exhibition 'Life Pictures of Jewish Personalities of the Past' at the Rieser Kulturtage. Before the unveiling, Nördlingen's mayor Hermann Faul also recalled the so-called 'Kristallnacht' 72 years ago, during which Rieser's Jewish fellow citizens were also persecuted and imprisoned. According to the mayor, Jews have been living in Nördlingen since the 13th century and have subsequently had to repeatedly struggle with pogroms. Now it is long past time to face responsibility and at least remember the Jews who lived in Nördlingen before the Second World War with a memorial plaque. ... Faul welcomed many guests, including the deans Wolfermann and Erber and city councilors, Sigried-Gunda Atzmon from the Friends of Hainsfarth Synagogue, Simon Schenavsky, son of the then sponsor of the stele in Judengasse, Klaus Wildförster and Dietmar Voges, who also had some 'stumbling blocks' in Nördlingen laid, and Nikola David. The cantor of the Israelite religious community of Augsburg sang and prayed with the visitors. City archivist Dr. Wilfried Sponsel remembered the exhibition and former Jewish citizens of Nördlingen such as the cultural official Maier Fromm." (Benninger).

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Benninger, Jim, "Ein Mosaikstein für das
kollektive Gedächtnis," Rieser Nachrichten, November 12, 2010, https://www.alemannia-judaica.de/images/Images%20278/Ein%20Mosaikstein%20RN_20101112.pdf (accessed April 1, 2024)

"Nördlingen (Landkreis Donau-Ries). Jüdische Geschichte / Betsaal/Synagoge"
Alemannia Judaica, https://www.alemannia-judaica.de/noerdlingen_synagoge.htm.

Riedl-Valder, Christine, "Gemeinde Nördlingen," Jüdisches Leben in Bayern, Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, https://hdbg.eu/juedisches_leben/pdf/ort/09779194 (accessed April 1, 2024)
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