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Memorial to Jewish Victims of Nazism Erected in West German Town

January 4, 1985
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A memorial to the Jewish victims of Nazism has been erected in this West German town near the Belgian border on the site of the synagogue destroyed during Kristallnacht in November, 1938, the first pogrom aginst German Jews launched by the Nazi regime.

The memorial, in the form of a Star of David, bears the inscription: “Those who suppress history run the risk of repeating it. “The dedication ceremonies were attended by the Mayor of Aachen, the rabbi from a nearby town, local Jews and representatives of various social groups. Aachen, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, was the first German town captured by American forces during World War II.

In another development, the town council of Schweich, near Trier, voted to build a cultural center at the former synagogue, now used as a warehouse. Local officials have begun negotiations with the bank which owns the building. The officials said it would be restored to resemble the original synagogue. Prof.Horst Roemer of Kaiserlautern University has been engaged as a consultant on the restoration.

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