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May 15, 2015 1:22 pm

Germany Donates Funds to Restore Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus-Style Buildings

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Germany is donating funds to restore and preserve Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv's "White City." Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Germany said it will donate 2.5 million Euros ($2.86 million) over 10 years for the preservation and restoration of Tel Aviv’s famous “White City” of Bauhaus-style buildings.

The White City, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, is home to the world’s largest collection of buildings in the German Bauhaus style. The buildings were mostly designed by German Jews who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

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“We will help the city of Tel Aviv preserve this significant cultural legacy,” said German Construction Minister Barbara Hendricks, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

“We plan as a first step to create a preservation center for the White City,” she said. “In this way we will create a platform for the future restoration of the buildings. I look forward to a fruitful partnership between German and Israeli authorities in all areas of construction.”

Israel and Germany recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of their establishment of diplomatic relations. The allies announced a deepening of military ties, including Israel’s $480 million purchase of four German-made warships.

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