Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ABC Wednesday: I is for Israelitische Töchterschule

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The Israelitische Töchterschule was a school for Jewish girls, opened in 1884. It offered education at primary and secondary school level (equivalent to junior high school) and it was very modern, with its own specialist rooms for chemistry and physics, a kitchen and a gym.

In 1939, the school was closed, but education continued on a smaller scale at the Talmud-Thora Schule (with 600 students both girls and boys). When I studied to become a librarian, the library science branch of the university was housed in that building and I loved being there. It's a beautiful old building, with high ceilings and big windows that let in sun and air, here's a photo. It has been given back to the Jewish community a few years ago and is now a Jewish school again.

The school moved back again into the building of the Israelitische Töchterschule and continued until 1942, even though air raids were a constant threat and the deportations had already begun. At the time the school was closed, only 76 students were left and most of them and their teachers were murdered. The headmaster Dr Alberto Jonas died at Theresienstadt. The building is now named in his honour.
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It's only a short walk from the Heinrich-Hertz-Turm I showed you last week, by the way. It hid itself in the clouds today.

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