The synagogue in Mainz, Germany was one of some 200 synagogues destroyed during Kristallnacht in 1938. The new ultramodern design is quite a departure from that of the original building. A photo of it is here.
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Members of the Jewish community in Mainz, western Germany, carry Torah scrolls during a ceremony to inaugurate a new synagogue on September 3, 2010. The synagogue was inaugurated on the very site where Nazis destroyed the previous one more than 70 years ago. Mainz was considered a centre for Jewish culture in Germany for centuries, and some 2,600 Jews lived there in 1933, when Adolf Hitler came to power. More than half this population perished in death camps, according to the Mainz municipality.
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Exterior view on the new synagogue in Mainz, Germany. The synagogue's walls are directed towards all four cardinal points. The building was created from from triangles rather than squares. Five Hebrew letters that depict the word 'Kedushah,' meaning to bless, were the background for the outline.