Night of the Illuminated Synagogues: Light Installations Above Leopoldstadt

Source: Der Standard, November 3, 2014

The Jewish Community of Vienna remembers the night as synagogues burned

Vienna – In remembrance of the horrible tragedies of the pogrom night of 1938, beams of light across the second district in Vienna will mark the places where houses of prayer or synagogues, prior to their destruction, once stood.  These shall serve as a reminders of the burning synagogues. At 16 different locations solemn vigils and sound installations will take place.

Until November 9, 1938, six architectonical impressive Jewish temples, 18 synagogues of temple-associations and 78 houses of prayer existed in Vienna. Through the seizure of power by the Nazis those institutions were put at risk. Aggressions against the Viennese Jewish community ultimately peaked during the November pogrom of 1938. During the night between November 9 and 10, synagogues and houses of prayer, except for the city temple in Seitenstettengasse, stood in flames.

Pogrom in Vienna lasted a few days
Jewish religious life was destroyed through brutal violence and arson. During the pogrom in Vienna, which lasted not only one night but a few days, 42 synagogues and houses of prayer were set on fire and therefore destroyed. Thousands of Jewish shops and apartments were looted, destroyed and confiscated. Overall 6.547 Viennese Jews were arrested; nearly 4.000 of those were transported to the concentration camp Dachau. (red, derStandard.at, 11.3.2014).

“Die Nacht der erhellten Synagogen”
Date: 11/09/2014 , 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Final ceremony: 1020 Vienna, Tempelgasse 5

6:30 PM solemn vigils:

  • Zirkusgasse 22 – former Sefardim Synagogue
  • Pazmanitengasse 6 – former Aeschel Awrohom
  • Große Schiffgasse 8 – former Adas Isroel
  • Leopoldsgasse 29 – former Beth Israel „Polnischer Schul“
  • Malzgasse 16 – former Beth Hamidrasch
  • „Talmud Thora“ Tempelgasse 3 – former Leopoldstadt – temple