First Synagogue after the Inquisition

In the “Distrito Centro” (Downtown District) of Madrid, a couple of minutes walking away from Puerta del Sol, and only if you are very good observer you may find this. The building where the first Synagogue in Madrid (and Spain) was opened on Feb 3rd. 1917(Shevat 11th,  5677). This centre was active until 1939 when the Spanish Civil War was finishing. The name of this Synagogue was Midrash Abarbanel, to homage to the Memory of Rabbi Yitzjak Abarbanel, who works in middle ages for the Kings of Castilla, Portugal and Naples.

 

 

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Auschwitz in Madrid

First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak because I was not a Communist. Then, they came for the Social-Democrats, and I did not speak because I was not a Social-Democrat.

Then, they came for the Trade Unionist, and I did not speak because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then, they came for the Jews and I did not speak because I was not a Jew. Then, they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.

German Pastor Martin Niemöller, incinerated 1937-45 in the Sachsenhousen and Dachau Camp.   

For more than one year we are having in Madrid the Itinerary Exhibition of “Auschwitz: not far away, not long time ago”; it is very real, detailed and objective about what was the Shoa, specially this Concentration Camp and how was the social and political environment in Europe and America at those terrible moments.

I was visiting it yesterday and it is something that I really recommend to anybody passing through Madrid. More than 350.000 people have already visited the exhibition that has been extended until Feb 3rd 2019.

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