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Plans to Erectmunicipal Building at Former Synagogue Site Evoke Protest

Plans by the city of Frankfurt to erect a municipal building at the Boerne-platz, site of a former synagogue in the center of the old Jewish ghetto, was protested Sunday by scores of artists, intellectuals, and local politicians.

The group, led by writer Eva Demski, has launched a major compaign to lobby the city officials against any changes that would forever obliterate the Jewish character of the area. Officials responsible for the project said they would go ahead with the plans.

The local Jewish community has expressed displeasure but stopped short of open opposition. A spokesman, Michel Friedman, said there would have been no controversy if the Jewish community had been given an opportunity to regain the site. Demski said it was in the interest of all Frankfurt residents, not only Jews, to preserve the historical character of the Boerneplatz.

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