Bochum, Germany – A new synagogue was inaugurated today, nearly 70 years after the previous one was destroyed by the Nazis.
Members of the 1,200-strong Jewish community carried Torah scrolls from the site of the old synagogue to the new one.
The cube-shaped synagogue took two years to build at a cost of 10 million dollars.
With room for 200 worshippers, it forms the core of a community centre that Jewish leaders in the city hope will be a meeting point for all citizens.
The old synagogue was burned down in November 1938 when Nazi mobs ransacked Jewish homes and property in what is known as Reichs kristallnacht. [earthtimes]