Luxembourg’s second synagogue: Unveiling of commemorative plaque

In the presence of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Education Claude Meisch, a commemorative plaque of the Grand Duchy’s second synagogue was unveiled on November 9, 2018.

Conceived by the Luxembourg architect Charles Arendt according to plans drawn up by Prof. Ludwig Levy from Karlsruhe, the second synagogue of Luxembourg was inaugurated and consecrated by Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Blumenstein at this location on 28 September 1894. An attack against congregants during the Friday evening service on 9 May 1941 led the Nazi occupiers to order the destruction of the synagogue under the pretext that Jewish worship could cause disturbances to public order. Since it proved difficult to find a company willing to undertake the work, the final demolition did not take place until 1943.

The event was organized by MemoShoah Luxembourg, the Fondation luxembourgeoise pour la Mémoire de la Shoah (Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah) in collaboration with the office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, the City of Luxembourg as well as the Consistoire Israélite de Luxembourg (Israeli Consistory of Luxembourg).

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