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March 29, 2019 3:02 pm

For First Time Since Holocaust, Kosher Restaurant Opens in German City of Leipzig

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The German city of Leipzig. Photo: Frank Vincentz via Wikimedia Commons.

For the first time since the Holocaust, a kosher restaurant opened on Tuesday in the German city of Leipzig, Deutsche Welle reported.

Cafe Salomon serves fish, as well as dairy, vegetarian and vegan options. Dittrich and Gabriele Goldfuss, from the local Rahn high school, are responsible for international collaboration in Leipzig and had the idea for the restaurant. The school has a close partnership with a high school in the Israeli city of Herzliya, DW reported.

“I hope that guests from all over the world come here,” Goldfuss told the Leipziger Volkszeitung (LVZ) newspaper. “I am proud that the Jewish community has become a part of the living identity of this city.”

Gotthard Dittrich, head of the Rahn school, added, “We are trying to close a gap in Leipzig.”

The IRG, a Jewish community organization in Leipzig, said more than 15,000 Jews living in the city were persecuted after the passage of the antisemitic and discriminatory Nuremberg Laws in Nazi Germany in 1935. Leipzig now has the most active Jewish community in Saxony, with around 1,300 members.

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