Your invited to a Virtual Reconstruction – Educational Opportunities for university courses (Jan. 29-Mar. 4, 2017)

Multimedia exhibition Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction – Educational Opportunities for university courses (Jan. 29-Mar. 4, 2017)

From January 29 – March 4, 2017 we will be staging the Canadian premiere of a large and interactive German multimedia exhibition entitled Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction. The exhibition will be installed at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery (600 Shaftesbury Blvd.) in Winnipeg, before going on to tour the rest of the country.
We would like to invite you to consider visiting the exhibition (free admission) and using it as a fieldwork / experiental learning tool that can be integrated into your syllabi/assignments for your winter 2017 courses. Guided tours for university students, as well as supplemental pedagogical material will be available upon request towards the middle of January. We have also developed tools and learning resources for junior and senior high school students. Trained exhibition guides (faculty and graduate students from the University of Manitoba) will be available to provide pre-arranged group and individual visits.

synagogues-in-germany-a-virtual-reconstructionThe exhibition is the result of more than twenty years of architectural research at Darmstadt Technical University dedicated to reclaiming some of Germany’s lost Jewish heritage. Work on the exhibition was begun following the 1994 firebombing of a Lübeck synagogue, the first racist attack on a Jewish house of worship in Germany since 1945. In response, scholars have created elaborate 3D digital reconstructions of more than 25 destroyed synagogues which visitors can explore using computer workstations. Along with associated placards, photographs, text panels, books, and three documentary films, these reconstructions speak to the nature and significance of cultural loss as an instrument of genocide. They also visually document the extraordinary architectural variety and historical importance of the buildings the Nazis destroyed, and in so doing contribute to commemorative work ongoing in the wake of the Holocaust by providing a source for reflection on what the historical destruction of Jewish culture means today.

This exhibition will be of particular interest to individuals and groups interested in learning more about:
• The Holocaust and its legacies
• Cultural genocide
• Architectural history / spaces of worship in different traditions/religions
• Architectural software and design
• Technologically-mediated memory work
• German-Jewish history and culture
• Reconciliation and redress

Opening times for the exhibition will be Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Other evenings for group visits can be arranged. A complete schedule of exhibition-related events, themed tours by experts, and general tours for the public, will be published in January 2017.
map – virtual synagogues.

For more information about the exhibition, including information about how to arrange for group visits and guided tours, please contact us at:

With best wishes,
Stephan & Adam

Dr. Stephan Jaeger
Dept. of German & Slavic Studies
327 Fletcher Argue Building
Phone: (204) 474-9930

Dr. Adam Muller
Dept. of English, Film, & Theatre
462 University College
Phone: (204) 474-6416

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