New (Reformed) Synagogue in Breslau (1872)


Liberal Jewish communities in particular supported the construction of new synagogues in nineteenth-century architectural styles. After 1870, most major German cities boasted magnificent synagogues that adhered to the highest contemporary aesthetic standards. The services of many liberal congregations were also oriented toward the aesthetics and practices of Christian rituals, with some even introducing organ music, for example. Below is the so-called New Synagogue, a liberal synagogue in Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland). It opened on September 29, 1872, and was designed by the Jewish German architect Edwin Oppler (1831–1880).


Source: The New Synagogue in Breslau [Die neue Synagoge in Breslau]. Place of publication: Leipzig. Date: 1873. Biblioteka Śląska, Katowice,

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