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Dec 2001 Journal

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German-Jewish cultural centre planned for Israel

In the late 1930s immigration into the then Palestine from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia reached its peak. Known as the Fifth Aliyah, the immigrants accounted for some 20 per cent of the total population of an area which, in 1948, was to become the State of Israel. The importance of these immigrants to the cultural and economic development of the country cannot be exaggerated.

Plans are well advanced for a new cultural centre which will relate to new generations of Israelis and others the story of the values that were brought by those immigrants from Central Europe. The Heritage Centre will include an exhibition floor, an auditorium and advanced electronic facilities for educational presentations and other visiting groups.

The AJR’s ‘twin sister’ in Israel, the Irgun Olej Merkas Europa, is the main initiator of this project. Both organisations serve on the Council of Jews from Germany. Thanks to the Leo Baeck Institute, a major partner in the project, a library and research facilities will also form an important part of the Centre, as will academic workshops, exchange programmes, seminars and guided tours for the many visitors who are anticipated.
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