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“Surprisingly Large Building But Alas, No Congregation”

Juedisches Kulturmuseum
Ranked #24 of 76 things to do in Augsburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Jewish Culture Museum was founded in 1985 in the impressive Augsburg synagogue. It documents the rich culture and checkered history of the Jews in Augsburg and Swabia from the Middle Ages to the present. The new permanent exhibition, installed in November 2006, presents this history as a story of migration, as a succession of settling and expulsion, of integration and social exclusion, of self-assertion and assimilation. It focuses on the relationship between the Jewish minority and the Christian majority, also depicts the changes in religious practice in the course of time, showing Jewish history as an integral part of Augsburg and Swabian history.
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“Surprisingly Large Building But Alas, No Congregation”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Easy walking distance from downtown Augsburg, a small city that has more to offer tourists than one might think, the Kulturmuseum is an addition to the large shul/temple/synagogue that is in the same building. Frankly, the synagogue is the most impressive thing here. Surprisingly massive, but without a congregation to speak of, I surmise that it is maintained by government money. The hallmark of the synagogue is the giant dome. Upstairs in the sanctuary, there is a large balcony where the women sat during prayer. Impressive building about as large as the largest synagogues in the U.S.

In an adjoining area is the small Jewish museum, which is a memorial to the Jewish life in Germany that was extinguished by the Nazis. Some interesting stuff, but not nearly as substantial as the Jewish Museum in Berlin, which covers similar territory. Downstairs, there is a small coffee shop and bookstore. When in Augsburg, this place is well worth visiting if only to see what Jewish culture in Germany had been like.

Visited May 2014
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