Bar Mitzvah + 80
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In 1935, 13-year-old Erich Oppenheim had his Bar Mitzvah at the Synagogue in the German town of Nentershausen. The next day his parents sent him to the USA to save him from the Holocaust.

80 years later Erich Oppenheim returned to Germany with his children, grand- and great-grand-children to clebrate the anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah at the Synagogue of his childhood, that had not been destroyed by the Nazis, even so a broken saw blade, stuck in one of the wooden beams, still bears witness to the Nazis attempt to demolish the building in the November 1938 pogroms (Reichskristallnacht). The Synagogue was vandalized and the building was sold and used as a barn and storage facility for centuries before it was transfered to the open-air museum "Hessenpark", 160 kilometres from Nentershausen, and restored in the 1980s. The original Torah ark was saved and is exhibited at the US National Holocaust Memorial Museum at Washington DC.