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Like many of Berlin's finest buildings the Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue) has literally 'been through the wars'. It suffered it's most notable attacks from the Nazis on Kristallnacht in 1938 and, more damagingly, from the Allied bombs in 1945. Today the dome has been restored on top of the surviving facades, so that a shell of the original remains. Inside, where once worshippers would have congregated, is a permanent exhibition of the building's history, and a number of spaces for temporary exhibits. The heavy security (expect no-nonsense guards and metal detectors) is a grim reminder that there are still some fanatics who harbour Nazi sentiments.
Editor & Berlin Local
An important and impressive part of the history of Berlin and it's jewish heritage.
As an architect it was for me a great opportunity to experience from the inside one of the most important buildings of Berlin.
The temporary exhibition are also very recomended, I saw the Moses Mendelssohn and The Yellow Ticket which I found very interesting.