▷ The anniversary year “1700 years of Jewish life in Germany” will be six months …

11.12.2021 – 09:00

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Cologne (ots)

After the end of the jubilee year “1700 years of Jewish life in Germany”, the program is to be extended by half a year. This was made known by the former Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Jürgen Rüttgers (CDU), as chairman of the board of trustees of the association “321-2021: 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany” in an article for the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” (Monday edition).

Because of the great interest in the events, “with the help of the federal and state governments, in the first half of 2022 we want to implement what had to be canceled or postponed this year due to the pandemic,” said Rüttgers. With the support of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media, several federal states, the city of Cologne and numerous private sponsors, the festival year will continue until July 31, 2022.

According to Rüttgers’ information, more than 2000 events were registered for 2021 under the umbrella of the anniversary year with campaigns, discussions and cultural events. Everywhere in Germany today society has perceived and appreciated Jewish life. “Civil society organizations and groups also remembered the Holocaust together with our democratic institutions,” emphasized Rüttgers.

On December 11, 321, a decree of the Roman Emperor Constantine and the Senate of Rome came into force, according to which the Jewish citizens of today’s Cologne could be induced to participate in the city council. The decree is considered to be the first evidence that there were Jews north of the Alps as early as 1700 years ago. Today around 200,000 Jews live in Germany. Half of them are members of a synagogue community.

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