▷ MDR shows Jewish life in Dresden


02.11.2021 – 15:58

MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk

Leipzig (ots)

“The East – Discover where you live”: Already from November 2nd in the ARD media library and on November 9th, 9:00 pm on MDR television

“We weren’t strictly religious, but we still felt like Jews – not just because it was in our passports,” says Elena Tanaeva. Her family carried on many Jewish traditions, did not eat pork, and always cooked milk and meat separately. Now be she here in Dresden and a member of the Jewish community, she feels safe here, at least safer than in St. Petersburg, in Russia. The latent anti-Semitism is even more evident there than in Germany. “Here I am protected, there are laws that are compulsory for everyone. ”Elena Tanaeva belongs to the large Russian community that meets regularly in the community hall of the New Synagogue in Dresden.

When the church on Dresden’s Hasenberg was inaugurated on November 9, 20 years ago, the whole world looked at Dresden. It was the first new building of a Jewish house of God since the political turning point. Before 1933 the Jewish Community in Dresden had up to 5,000 members. At the end of the war in 1945, fewer than 50 Jews lived in the city. Today there are now 730, most of them come from the former Soviet Union.

Ursula Philipp-Drescher came to the Jewish faith through music. 248 commandments and 365 prohibitions – keeping to everything is really difficult, she explains. She heads the synagogue choir and regularly guides visitors through the church. She also tells the story of the old Semperschen synagogue, which was set on fire by the SA in 1938. A brave firefighter saved the Star of David and hid it in the attic from the Nazis.

Valentina Marcenaro came to the Elbe city from Italy in 1998. Actually, she just wanted to improve her German. She has now started a family here and organizes Jewish festivals in Dresden. But her favorite festival is Shabbat every Friday. “Shabbat is sacred to me, it’s prime time with my family,” she says. She doesn’t mind that it’s long been dark outside and that she shouldn’t be standing in the kitchen anymore. Valentina Marcenaro describes herself as a cultural Jew: “In Judaism, you don’t always have to strictly adhere to rules and customs. Everyone has the freedom to live as they want, as they see fit. ”

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