Prof. Michael Wolffsohn - the wellknown historian son of Thea Saalheimer - Wolffsohn, talked on 6 March on the topic “Wem gehört das heilige Land?”. (Who wons the Holy Land?), The event was organied by the Universitätsbund Bamberg
On 28 August, the city gave a lunch in honour of former
Lord Mayor Paul Röhner on the occasion of his 75. birthday. Röhner, a
former member of the a Bundestag (the Federal Parliament) did lot for
us during his terms of office. We owe him the Synagogue memorial, the
Memorial Panels for our victims of the Holocaust, a contribution to the
restora- tion of the Tahara house, the travelling exhibition on the history
of Bamberg Jews arranged by the city archive and the beginning of the
restoration of the cemetery.
I shall not forget how, although seriously ill, he participated at the head of a silent march through the town on 10 November 1992 (?). Apart from that, I owe him many personal courtesies. We wish him many more years in good health.
(See FT 29 August, “Unvergleichlicher Einsatz für jeden”)
Prof. Günter Hirsch, the president of the Bundesgerichtshof (Germany’s highest court), gave an important public address at the Oberlandesgericht Bamberg on 20 November entitled “Justiz im Dritten Reich und die Aufarbeitung von Justizunrecht” (Justice in the Third Reich and its critical reappraisal).
Those few former Bambergers involved in the St. Louis
affair might like to know of a new book by the Bamberger Georg Reinfelder
MS St. Louis: subheading:
Frühjahr 1939 - Die Irrfahrt nach Cuba Captain Gerhard Schröder rettet 900 German Jews (published in December 2002 by Hentrich & Hentrich (Ganzer Str.10, 16866 Teetz, Germany.
Reinfelder spent many years researching every detail of the event and was responsible for a memorial to Captain Schröder on the quayside in Hamburg from where the St. Louis sailed.
Unhappily, many of the Jews saved by Schröder were overrun by the Nazis in France and the Low Countries and perished in the Holocaust.
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