Events in Retrospect

The exhibition of the ShUM-Cities e.V. on Wine and Judaism was opened on 18 January at the Branch of Volksbank Alzey-Wotrms in Nierstein. Mr. Steffan (Board of Directors of the Bank) and the chairman of the historical association Nierstein, Mr. Hexemer, emphasized the importance of a confrontation with Judaism and the Shoah. Susanne Urban talked about the connection between wine and Jewish holidays, quotes from the Hebrew Bible, and Rashi's commentaries, which are the wine of the Torah, as a 17th-century rabbi emphasized.

Unveiling of Column at »Buber-View« on cemetery Holy Sands in Worms, January 29, 2018

Stele on cemetery Holy Sand marks famous Martin Buber-View
Unveiling as part of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism on January 27, 2018
In a conversation between Buber and the Protestant theologian Karl Ludwig Schmidt on January 14, 1933 at the Jewish Lehrhaus in Stuttgart, they discussed the question of the covenant between God and the Jews. Buber sought dialogue on the thesis of the »old and new covenant« and later wrote this down in a text. It states: »I do not live far from the city of Worms, to which a tradition of my ancestors binds me; and I drive over from time to time. When I go over there, I always go to the cathedral first. This is a visible harmony of the limbs, a wholeness in which no part staggers out of perfection ... Then I go over to the Jewish cemetery. It consists of crooked, broken, shapeless, directionless stones. ... The cathedral is as it is. The cemetery is as it is. But we have not been terminated.« (Martin Buber, speech of January 14, 1933 in Stuttgart, in: Theologische Blätter 12 (1933) 272f.)
The location Bubers when viewing the cathedral and Jewish cemetery is marked. In the UNESCO application this perspective plays a role; it is placed under protection as a historical visual axis.
Mayor Kissel, Worms: »The connection of the Jewish and Christian religion in our city is particularly clear at this point. Here we see the togetherness and at the same time the shadows of anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic epochs. Buber reminds us. Today Worms is a city where people of different faiths live peacefully together.«
Rabbi Vernikovsky, Mainz: »Martin Buber has always been committed to interreligious and intercultural dialogue. He has always sought reconciliation instead of division.«
The stele was financed from the grants of the supporting members of the ShUM-Cities Association.