The Altdorf Synagogue before Kristallnacht (date unknown). Courtesy of the Leo Baeck Institute, New York
building that was once the Altdorf Synagogue on
Wallburger Strasse still stands today. In a
similar manner to the street being renamed
Eugene-Lacroix Strasse, the building itself has a
very different appearance on the interior and
exterior than it once had. It is no longer a
Synagogue. Some of the refashioning of the
building was first done to preserve the overall
integrity of the structure, severely damaged in
It was then converted to a factory building,
used as a warehouse and more recently it has been
converted to an art museum. See Fate
and History of the Jewish Community in Altdorf
(new and recommended).
(Photo by P. A.Dreifuss July 1999)
The Altdorf Synagogue was
consecrated on February 21, 1868. A permit
was obtained for celebrating with firecrackers.
left arch: "Planted in the house of
the Lord, they sprout up in the courts
of God" (Psalms 92.14)
middle arch: "This is the gate of
the eternal, through which the
righteous enter" (Psalms
|On the right arch: "How lovely is
your dwelling place O Lord of hosts."
Synagogue Damage on "Kristallnacht"
On the night of November 11,1938, the synagogue building was badly damaged mostly by fire. The Nazis beat down the doors and windows, demolished the interior and threw the tablets down from the gable. During the Second World War the building served as a warehouse and for other military purposes.
On that terrible
night however, the Nazis could not destroy the
Synagogue’s Torah. It had already been
safely transported to Palestine.
See The Altdorf Torah (future link) to learn the story and where it is today.
|"In this building there was a synagogue of the Jewish community of Aldorf 1868-1938. On 10 November 1938, it was desecrated and largely destroyed by Nazi tyranny. Jewish residents were humiliated and their homes were destroyed. This was the beginning of tracking, expulsion and killing Jews. This commemoration serves as a reminder of the sacrifice of the survivors. November 1998 Village of Altdorf, Altdorf Catholic Parish, Historical Society Ettenheim"|