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Bidding Information
Lot #    12880
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 2:25:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Gemeindelieder fur die neue Synagoge in Berlin
Author    [Liturgy - First Ed. - Reform]
City    Berlin
Publisher    Gustav Lange
Publication Date    1868
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. 13, [2] pp., 203:136 mm., usual light age staining, wide margins, stamps. A very good copy bound in contemportary half cloth and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Collection of hymns for the service. The New Synagogue was consecrated on Rosh ha-Shanah in 1866. The only synagogue of the Community up to that time, on Heidereutergasse, had long since proved insufficient for the rapidly growing Jewish population. The New Synagogue, with its 3,200 seats, became the largest Jewish house of worship in Germany. Services in the New Synagogue were conducted according to the so-called New Rites and Practices, the most important indication of which was the installation of an organ. Such reforms of the service were part of the process of Jewish assimilation.

The well-known architect Eduard Knoblauch (1801-1865) found inspiration for his design in the Moorish style of the Alhambra in Granada. The dome, covered with gilded buttresses and more than 50 meters in height, was acclaimed beyond the borders of Germany for its application of the most modern construction technology.

In the Pogrom of November 1938 ("Kristallnacht"), the New Synagogue was spared major damage. During the Second World War, however, it was severely damaged by Allied bombing. In 1958 the main room of the synagogue was demolished. Only the parts of the building closest to the street remained structurally intact. In May 1995 the building was reopened with the permanent exhibition, "Open ye the Gates".

          
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Liturgy:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica