The first historical proof of Jewish life North of the Alps stems from the year 321. The ceremonial act in the synagogue in Cologne on February 21st, 2021 was the kick-off to a very special year. Many anniversary events have been planned nationwide, naturally also in Hamburg.
Signing of the Cooperation Agreement between Hamburg and the Association “From 321 to 2021: 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany”
Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Lord Mayor of Hamburg, and Andrei Kovacs, Managing Director of the Association “From 321 to 2021: 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany” signed a cooperation agreement in support of the Festival Year ‘#2021JLID – Jewish Life in Germany’ on December 10th, 2019 at City Hall.
At the core of the Festival Year’s nationwide celebrations is the intention to introduce people to Jewish Life today. At the same time, it will send a strong signal against anti-Semitism and for overcoming prejudices against Jews. To quote Dr. Tschentscher: “ ’1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany’ is not only about German history, it also acknowledges and celebrates Jewish history in Hamburg. We hope that it will raise awareness of Jewish life in our city today and increase its visibility, while awakening interest, and boosting exchange and understanding at the same time. Jewish life is permanently at home in our civic society.”