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200-year-old Synagogue Destroyed During ‘kristallnacht’ to Be Restored

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The 200-year-old former synagogue at lchenhousen, destroyed during the infamous “Kristallnacht” in November, 1938, will be restored during the next four years at a cost of 1 million marks to be provided partly by the state and local authorities and partly through a fund-raising campaign, it was announced today.

The baroque style building, which dates from 1781, was used until recently to store hay Before World War II, about 1300 Jews lived in Ichenhousen, comprising one-third of the population of that south German community. The restored synagogue will house a museum devoted to the history of the Jewish community in Schwaben.

Meanwhile, the public radio in the state of Hessen is broadcasting a call to former Jewish residents of the town of Rhina to make their whereabouts known. The radio station is preparing a documentary on Rhina which is believed to have been the only town in Germany where Jews outnumbered the non-Jewish population before the war.

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