Against oblivion


Reason enough to remember the Jewish families of Obernbreit is the statement of a 70 year old Obernbreit resident: "What, Jews in Obernbreit in 1942? During the Nazi era, there were no more Jews in Obernbreit. That's what we were always told." He is certainly not alone, since today all those born after 1937 know Jews only from the more or less accurate personal accounts of their parents' and grandparents' generation.

A memorial against oblivion is the stone in the Kirchgasse, to whose unveiling on Sunday about 60 guests had come. In addition to the speech of the chairman of the Träger- und Förderverein ehemalige Synagoge Obernbreit e.V. , who briefly outlined the history of the Jews in the village, the prayers of the two local priests and a member of the Jewish Community of Würzburg contributed to the worthy celebration. A music group of the Gymnasium Marktbreit set appropriately selected accents. A greeting from Dr. Schuster, Chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, was read in his absence. In the spirit of Hannah Arendt's statement that one bears political responsibility also for "things one has not done", readings of texts against looking away and warnings against resurgence of racism followed.

A poem by Heinrich Heine, a Jew who converted to Christianity and wrote in exile, provided a contrast to the situation of German Jews. In 1935, they were not only deprived of their full German citizenship by law. They lost their homeland, they were driven out of the country, they heard the screams of the guards in the camps.

In view of the Shoah and wars all over the world, the first part of the celebration ended with a song about the eternal dream of mankind: peace.

This was followed by the invitation of the market Obernbreit for a get-together, which was gratefully accepted.

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