RECKLINGHAUSEN, West Germany (Nov. 7)
An exhibit depicting the role of Jews in world culture was opened here today under the sponsorship of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, President Heinrich Luebke and 30 other leading personalities in West Germany’s religious, political and economic life. The exhibit will be on until January 15.
President Luebke, in opening the exhibit, said that the exhibit was not only a cultural event but also an occasion “to pledge our unceasing efforts to try to make up to the Jewish people.” The opening also was attended by Dr. F. Shinar, the head of the Israel Purchasing Mission at Cologne.
The exhibit, entitled “Synagoga,” was organized by the city of Recklinghausen and the Institutum Judaicum of the University of Munster. The exhibit was prepared by Israeli, French, Dutch and West German archaeologists and art experts, including Dr. P. P. Kahane of the Israeli Department of Antiquities, A. Kanius, director of the Tel Aviv Museum, and Dr. Feuchtwanger of the Bezalel National Museum of Jerusalem.
More than 700 objects were leaned from Israel, the United States and European countries for the exhibit, the first of its kind to be shown in Germany, to exemplify Jewish contributions to the culture of all nations through the centuries.
Professor Martin Buber and Chief Rabbi Kurt Wilhelm of Stockholm will participate in an international round table at the exhibit on the contributions of the Jews to world culture. The opening also was marked by a performance of the premiere of Benjamin Frankel’s violin concerto, “In Memory of Six Million.”