Neustadt ann der Weinstrasse Synagogue: Neustadt ann der Weinstrasse, Germany: Built 1867. Destroyed Kristallnacht November 9, 1938.
The synagogue was the center of Jewish life in Neustadt – a city that had had a Jewish presence since the 1300s. In the early morning of November 10, 1938 a drunken mob of 30 men set the shul on fire. The building and its interior were first massively vandalized, then its prayer books were placed in a stack, doused with gasoline, and set aflame. (The Jewish Home for the Aged was also set aflame, with its residents still in it – 2 died in the conflagration.)
Shortly after, a parade was held in the town, with a float depicting the burning synagogue, and actors mockingly depicting Moses and the Jews. Families lined the streets to watch it go by.
(11 ¼ inches high x 6 1/2 inches wide x 2 ¼ deep)