Seventy-five years ago, on Rosh Hashanah 1945, the Fraenkelufer Synagogue in Kreuzberg was the first in Berlin to reopen its doors for formal services after the Nazi period.
The war in Europe had only been over since May. Survivors were emerging from their hiding places and the camps, and with them Jewish life was slowly returning to the ruined city. Through the heroic efforts of recently arrived Jewish American GIs, led by Captain Harry Nowalsky, the Synagogue managed an improvised renovation and, incredibly, reopened in time for the Jewish High Holidays. The event was captured for Life magazine by Robert Capa, one of the leading war photographers of the 20th century.
Please join the U.S. Friends of Fraenkelufer on Tuesday, September 8th, from 5pm to 6pm Eastern Time for a very special program exploring and commemorating this event.
Who will be presenting?
Atina Grossman, historian and professor at The Cooper Union, and author of Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany. Professor Grossman will provide an overview of Berlin in the immediate aftermath of Germany’s surrender and the efforts of Jewish survivors and U.S. military personnel to rekindle Jewish life in Berlin.
Jessica Greenberg, Associate Attorney at Nowalsky & Gothard Law Firm, and granddaughter of Captain Harry Nowalsky. Jessica will share some of her grandfather’s unique World War II story, one that she has spent the past seven years researching and documenting.
Henry Taucher, a native Berliner who survived the war in hiding as a young child together with his brother, Fred. Both participated in the 1945 services and were photographed at the event by Robert Capa. In a video message Hank will share some of his memories and personal perspective.
How do I participate?
Tuesday, September 8th from 5pm to 6pm ET via Zoom. To receive the Zoom meeting details please confirm your participation here.
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Nina Peretz, president of the Friends of Fraenkelufer Synagogue association in Berlin with Henry Taucher in front of the famous picture taken of him and his brother Fred by Robert Capa at the Rosh Hashanah services 1945