By: Jewish Heritage Europe
If you get to Kaliningrad, Russia — formerly Königsberg, East Prussia — you can now follow a Jewish heritage itinerary in the city.
Just a year ago, exactly 80 years after the grandiose New Synagogue was destroyed on Kristallnacht, a newly constructed near replica of the great domed building was dedicated on the same spot where the original synagogue stood.
The brochure includes photographs and a map, as well as historical information about the places and people.
The 10 stops on the route include the sites of former Jewish-owned businesses and factories; homes; major streets; the sites of synagogues and prayerhouses, and more.
The route ends at the replica New Synagogue.
The new synagogue is modeled on the original structure, which, 46-meters high, was built in 1894-96 for the Liberal Jewish community and designed by the Berlin-based architects Cremer and Wolfenstein.
The new building is smaller and differs in a number of other ways. — but is still grand.