Wolfstein Synagogue

 Wolfstein Synagogue (Steglitz Locality, Berlin)

The synagogue association of the Steglitz area of Berlin was established in 1874 at the initiative of Moses Wolfenstein, the Jewish owner of a large, local clothing store. Services were conducted in private residences until 1897, when Mr. Wolfenstein had a small synagogue built in the rear of a building he owned at 41, Dueppelstrasse. Accordingly, the synagogue became known as the Wolfenstein synagogue. The services were traditional. When the synagogue became too crowded, as often happened on holidays, overflow services had to be held in a nearby auditorium. Plans for the construction of a larger synagogue were drawn up in 1922, but were dropped amid the hyperinflation of the Weimar period. The local authorities gave the green light for the burning of the Dueppelstrasse synagogue on Pogrom Night (November 1938) but, at the last minute, the owner of the neighboring furniture factory intervened and managed to persuade them to spare the building. Instead, the synagogue was plundered and ransacked. Luckily, the Torah scrolls had been removed two days before the pogrom. After the war, the synagogue building was converted into a restaurant and ice cream parlor. The Steglitz locality has memorialized the synagogue and its founder by renaming a nearby street Wolfensteindamm.
Moshe Finkel
Copyright: Pogrom Night 1938 - A Memorial to the Destroyed Synagogues of Germany/ Germansynagogues.com


Sources: Synagogen in Berlin: Zur Geschichte einer zerstörten Architektur, Rolf Bothe [Ed.], [publisher] Willmürth Arenhövel, 1983., Guide to Jewish Berlin: History and the Present, Vera Bendt, Nicola Galliner Thomas Jersch, Stefi Jersch-Wenzel, Carolin Hilker-Siebenhaar [Ed.], [Publisher] Verlag Nicolai, 1987.; www.luise-berlin.de


Date Added Jan 22, 2020
Category Synagogue
Country DE
State Berlin
City Berlin
Exhibits Pogrom Night 1938 - A Memorial to the Destroyed Synagogues of Germany

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