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Dec 2000 Journal

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Survivor of Kristallnacht

When, in the night of 9 November 1938, the synagogue in Lingen/Ems was set alight by the Nazis, the one-roomed Jewish School escaped that fate because of its proximity to dwellings occupied by non-Jewish families. The school had been used twice weekly for religious instruction although all the Jewish children were educated at the local Volksschule.

After the war, the school was used for some years as a stable and later for the storage of hay and straw. The then owner finally agreed, after several years, to sell the property and adjacent land to the council which renovated the school and converted it into a museum in memory of the local Jewish families who had been deported and then murdered in the camps. I am one of the only three surviving children of those Jewish families. Of the other two, one lives in the USA and the other in London.

The museum and memorial garden are open to the public on the fourth Sunday of each month and are well visited. In the memorial garden are two stones, one in memory of the Jewish citizens and one on the site of the synagogue. In response to a request from Lingen, I made and donated a pair of wrought iron gates for the former school which were officially opened last September.
Bernard Grunberg

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