Centre for Holocaust Education, Plauen

Pre-war life

Life in Plauen

The history of life in Plauen during the opening decades of the twentieth century offers a fascinating insight into the complexities of the past.

With the city as a case study, students embark on a unique journey exploring how communities within one geographical space engage and interact with one another. At the centre of the investigation is the opening of a new community building and synagogue in 1930: how was it this project was completed at a time of economic uncertainty and growing support for National Socialism? What does life in Plauen reveal to us about the paradoxes and contradictions of Jewish and non-Jewish relations in Germany during this period?

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About this resource

  • Develops knowledge and understanding of Jewish life in Europe before the war
  • Explores and examines the interaction of small communities
  • Confronts students with the complexity and contradictions of the past

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