Blick in die Ausstellung "Ostend - Blick in ein Jüdisches Viertel", die im Hochbunker an der Friedberger Anlage Frankfurt zu sehen ist

Bunker at Friedberger Anlage

One Bunker, Three Exhibitions

Every spring, the above-ground bunker on Friedberger Anlage opens its heavy metal doors to interested visitors. On Sundays and by arrangement, visitors can view the wartime construction and the permanent exhibitions it houses.

East End. Taking a Look into a Jewish Quarter

One of the exhibitions in the bunker is mounted by the Jewish Museum: “East End. Taking a Look into a Jewish Quarter." It highlights the Jewish history of the city district and also includes an English booklet.

Blick in die Ausstellung "Ostend - Blick in ein Jüdisches Viertel"

Synagogue on Friedberger Anlage

In 1907 the synagogue of the Israelitische Religionsgesellschaft (IR, Israelite Religious Society) was inaugurated on this site. The splendid building had 1,000 seats for men and 600 on the balcony for women and was thus Frankfurt’s largest synagogue. On the exterior were decorative elements typical of the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil of the time.

"Der Israelit", August 29, 1907 on occasion of the inauguration

"New motifs, new groupings everywhere, and nowhere is there any overloading, but always a feeling for the necessity and for solemn and ceremonial sublimity."

Destruction During the November Pogroms

During the November progrom of 1938, Nazis also set fire to the synagogue on Friedberger Anlage. Shortly afterwards, the city administration had the building demolished. Within the framework of the so-called Führer’s Air Raid Protection Program, the National Socialists then built a bunker above-ground on the foundations of the synagogue.

Hedwig Kracauer to Siegfried Kracauer, November, 10, 1938

"We have just heard that the synagogue on Friedberger Anlage is on fire. This does nothing to improve our mood. Often I allow my imagination to wander aimlessly, but not even a wild imagination could come up with the kind of things that have happened in recent days."

Salomon Korn, chairman of the Jewish community in Frankfurt, once described the bunker as "a mark of violence, suffering and terror." And it does in fact look like a foreign body in the midst of its surroundings. During the last two years of the war, the civilian population sought shelter in that bunker against Allied air attacks. The Jews who still were living in Frankfurt at that point were prohibited from entering the bunker.

A Site of Remembrance and Learning Since 1988

Ansicht aus der Ausstellung "Ostend. Blick in ein Jüdisches Viertel" mit einem Modell der Synagoge an der Friedberger Anlage Frankfurt
View of the exhibition "Ostend. Blick in ein Jüdisches Viertel" with a model of the synagogue on Friedberger Anlage Frankfurt. Photo: Norbert Miguletz © Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt

Since 1988, the 9th November Initiative has regarded it as its task to publicize this authentic commemorative site with its multifaceted implications. In 2004, in cooperation with the Jewish Museum, the exhibition "East End. Taking a look into a Jewish Quarter" was installed in the bunker and has been accessible to the public under the auspices of the Initiative ever since. The members of the Initiative have turned this space into a meaningful site of remembrance and learning through additional exhibitions, events, contemporary witness reports, readings, discussions, and its own publications.

Until the National Socialist era, Frankfurt’s East End was a quarter populated by a large number of Jews. Various places and commemoration sites recall that history: the bunker on Friedberger Anlage; the memorial site at the Neue Börneplatz on the border to the eastern inner city; the memorial site opened at the Großmarkthalle in 2015; numerous so-called “stumbling block” artworks commemorating former residents on cobbled sidewalks; plaques outside former Jewish charitable institutions; various street names; and the memorial in front of the above-ground bunker built on the site of the former synagogue of the Israelite Religious Society.

Guided Tours in the Bunker

Every Sunday at 11:30 there is a public guided tour through the exhibition "Ostend - View of a Jewish Quarter" in German.

You can also book individual English-language guided tours through the exhibition "Ostend - View of a Jewish Quarter": Tel. +49 69-212-74237.

Blick in die Ausstellung "Ostend - Blick in ein Jüdisches Viertel"

Bunker at Friedberger Anlage

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  • The bunker is temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus.

Prices

  • Admission
    5€
  • With guided tour
    6€

Accessibility

The bunker is not barrier-free.

Bunker at Friedberger Anlage
Friedberger Anlage 5/6
60314 Frankfurt am Main

Public transportation

Tram 14, U6 and U7 (RMV station Zoo)