In 1927, the prominent Jewish physician Dr Alfred Alexander built a weekend house in the village of Groß Glienicke near Berlin. With clients such as Albert Einstein, Marlene Dietrich and Max Reinhardt, the house became a centre for the Jewish cultural elite of the 1920s and 1930s. Alfred’s daughter Elsie called it her ‘soul place’.
Following the rise of the Nazis, the Alexanders fled to England in 1936, and shortly afterwards the house was seized by the Gestapo. In 1945, the house’s occupants witnessed the brutal Soviet occupation and later the division of Germany into East and West. In 1961, the Berlin Wall was built through the property’s garden. After reunification, the house was squatted by drug-users. It has been empty since 2005.
In 2013, members of the Alexander family returned to Groß Glienicke and have embarked on a process of reconciliation with the local residents. Together they established the Alexander-Haus charity, saved the house from demolition and drew up renovation plans.
A capital campaign has now been launched to restore the house to its original condition.
Once the renovations are complete, the Alexander-Haus will become a base for education about the Holocaust, genocide and conflict, providing an opportunity for reconciliation between peoples from different cultures and religions.
Alexander-Haus is a restricted fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund.
Charity No: 1099682
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