Sermon in stone

A baptismal font, centuries old
I went to Lübeck, Germany, this summer to explore my recently discovered Jewish roots. My grandfather built a successful ironworks plant in Lübeck and lived there until he and my grandmother were sent to the concentration camp where he died. I wanted to visit St. Mary’s Church, where my grandparents brought my father to be baptized as a toddler. It’s the world’s highest Gothic cathedral built of brick and was almost destroyed on Palm Sunday 1942, when it was targeted in retaliation for the bombing of England’s Coventry Cathedral.

 

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