On the artist's view, you see the Square of the Old Synagogue, a wide surface covered with granite plates that have already caused a discussion about their heat retention on hot summer days. People have also criticized the absence of vegetation. Well, a few trees will be planted.
|On the right-hand side in the back, you notice a water surface (©Stadt Freiburg)|
|The planned water basin will have the layout of the old synagogue (©Stadt Freiburg)|
|On an old postcard|
The archeological team wrote a report to the Municipal Council and the Jewish Community proposing to leave the greater part of the stones in the ground. Only a few stones in the way will be removed and handed over to the Jewish Community if they agree.
While visiting the scene Irena Katz, chairwoman of Freiburg's Jewish Community, set her handbag on the relics of the old synagogue but took it away immediately after realizing what she had done. She shook her head skeptically and said, "A poll among members of the Jewish Community has shown that more than 90% of the members are against removing stones."
|Klaus Neidhart shows Irina Katz the stones to be taken away (©BZ)|
Will the two parties reach an agreement? Freiburg's city council will decide on October 29, and they admit there is no plan B.
P.S. Abgesang (swan song): Eventually, there was no bridge. In vain, a vigil of about 30 people demanded that the old synagogue be rebuilt to serve as a documentation center or at least the unearthed remains be conserved and made visible. Although the Jewish Community had initially endorsed the water basin concept and despite a constructive debate, Irena Katz called the city council's decision to stick to the original plans "rigid." Her hope now is that work at the site will not start before November 9th, the 78th anniversary of the Reichspogromnacht (Kristallnacht).