Darmsdat Synagogue: Darmstadt, Germany. Built 1876. Destroyed Kristallnacht 1938.
On November 10, 1938, Darmstadt’s Synagogue, containing 30 Torah scrolls, was burned down by the SS and SA. The president of the synagogue was intercepted by soldiers as he tried to save a Torah, and sent to Buchenwald, along with 168 other men. Ultimately he escaped, and along with his family made it the United States. The town’s remaining Jews were deported to Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and other death camps, beginning in 1940. At least 1000 Darmstadt Jews perished in the Shoah.
(14 inches high x 12 inches wide x 1 7/8 deep)