More than 80 years after the destruction of the synagogue in Constance by the National Socialists, a new Jewish house of worship has been inaugurated there. On a fun parade through the streets of Lake Constance, on Sunday believers symbolically carried the holy Torah scrolls from the site of the former synagogue to the new building in Sigismundstrasse, some 50 meters away.
Members of the Jewish community carry torah scrolls from the old to the new synagogue of Constance.
Four weeks after the attack on the synagogue in Halle in Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Wurttemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and other speakers called for increased anti-Semitism with increased police protection.
The inauguration of the new synagogue illustrates the "reestablishment of Jewish life in our midst," said Kretschmann. "We are thus celebrating a triumph of Jewish religiosity, our free basic order and our interreligious coexistence over the powers of hatred and violence."
The vice-president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Abraham Lehrer, called the influx of rights disturbing. "Those who choose AfD choose to consciously hide the crimes of National Socialism, leave the tolerance for minorities and the potential for religious freedom in this country."
The builder of the new synagogue is the Jewish Community of Baden. The construction costs were around five million euros, the city of Constance was involved with the free provision of land and 155,000 euros.