This industrial city possessed one of the most beautiful synagogues in Germany that survived the fires of Kristallnacht, but its interior was destroyed. In 1980, the Old Essen Synagogue re-opened as a municipal museum of the history of Essen Jewry. Today’s Jewish Community Center is built on the site of a prewar Jewish youth center. The dome of its new Synagogue has unusual acoustics so that a whisper anywhere in the sanctuary can be heard throughout the edifice.
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