Bearing Witness: The Story of the Nentershausen Synagogue

Top Pick May 16, 2019 Newton Free
(Photo: Karsten Ratzke/Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo: Karsten Ratzke/Wikimedia Commons)

On Kristallnacht, the synagogue in the small rural village of Nentershausen, in Hessen, Germany, was damaged, but not destroyed. In 1987, the derelict building was redeemed. It was dismantled, moved to Hessenpark in Neu-Anspach, Germany, and caringly rebuilt, the witness to Jewish presence. Its desecrated lintel above the Torah ark is on exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).

Join author Stephen Denker, who will discuss his book, “The Nentershausen Synagogue,” about a Jewish community in Germany—before and after the years of Nazi tyranny—told through the stories of the community’s cherished synagogue and two of its surviving families.

Stephen Denker and his wife, Elayne, have been collaboratively researching family histories since 2000. In addition to “The Nentershausen Synagogue,” the Denkers have self-published several books about family history and genealogy. During a research trip to Havana, Cuba, in 2007, the Denkers visited sites of importance to Stephen’s family, including the underwear factory owned by the family in the 1920s, and the United Hebrew Congregation’s Jewish cemetery, where the Denkers updated records on site and photographed 1,600 gravestones.

“The Nentershausen Synagogue” is currently available at the USHMM gift shop. To order your copy in advance, please call the museum directly at 1-800-259-9998 or 202-488-6144.

Note: The entrance of Adams Street Shul includes the use of stairs.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019, 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
The Adams Street Shul
168 Adams St
Newton, MA 02460

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