The never realized memorial sketch

The never realized memorial sketch

The sketch still lies in the archives of the felix-muller museum. Peter lichtenberger, the director of the neunkirchner museum, opens the bottom drawer of a steel cabinet and pulls out the charcoal drawing. It shows the head of the prophet jeremiah surrounded by flames above two tablets of the law and a fallen menorah. Muller, who died in 1997, had made the drawing in 1974 and revised it in 1980; it was the preliminary design for a bronze relief that was to stand on the synagogue square.

Since mayor franz stumpf (CSU/WUO) announced in the summer that he wanted to build a private apartment building on the former synagogue site, the discussion about the memorial on the site in wiesentstrabe has not ended.
The story of felix muller's relief sketch shows that this debate about a worthy memorial is not new. Uta kagermeier, a teacher from forchheim, had dealt with the work of felix muller in her admission thesis in 1984. It refers to the draft "for the memorial to be erected on 9. Synagogue in forchheim" blown up on november 1938 the memorial was "intended for execution in bronze" but for incomprehensible reasons, the city of forchheim paid no attention", writes kagermeier.

Felix muller reacted bitterly to the disregard of his design proposals. This is shown by the brieechsel with his friend, the forchheim VHS co-founder and school principal august schaduz.

Because the design for the memorial relief was not the only work with which muller failed in forchheim. He had also worked on designs for two fountains, artwork for schools and the two gates for the cemeteries. Already on 11. In march 1975, muller wrote to schaduz that he had "worked on the work for months" have . But then one of his spokespersons at the city, a certain "amtmann", was probably the witness died. "Many beautiful thoughts were buried there", muller regrets and writes further: "the jew stone with jeremias and hiob! It's actually good that it didn't come into being, then they wouldn't have to smear the same one, because that's what they had done for sure."

Political discussion failed to materialize
On 5. November 1978 in a letter to schaduz, muller again complains about the failure of a series of projects: "a pity for the beautiful time that was lost. I am simply bitter. What intrigues there were, still are."
Nevertheless, in 1980, felix muller dared to make another attempt to create his memorial relief for the 9. November 1938 to be realized. "The draft for the 'crystal night' has been delivered", muller writes to his friend schaduz on 24. November 1980.
The journalist toni volkel also reported on the design at the time. But, says the nurnberger today, looking back on the autumn of the 1980s, there was no political debate on this issue in the city council.

The former city planner werner post, a former friend (and admirer to this day) of felix muller also confirms this. The 87-year-old says he can't remember the discussion about the muller art being made public.

Felix muller has finally given up his fight for the forchheim memorial relief. Probably also because the simultaneous dispute over the synagogue in ermreuth was bothering him. He publicly railed against the "pitiful state of affairs" the synagogue in the field. Muller speaks of the "low way of thinking in neunkirchen" and draws a radical conclusion. In november 1980, he wrote to schaduz: "some people can't stand having a mirror held up to their face. The un-spirit 'brown' is far from dead."

His design for the bronze relief "9. November 1938" felix muller has given to his friend august schaduz. From his estate, it was transferred to the muller museum.

Whether it would make sense for an artist to take up the muller drawing and realize the relief after all? That probably doesn't make sense, says museum director peter lichtenberger: "another artist doesn't want to just copy from felix muller."
The chance for the memorial relief was probably lost. That one finds however a form of the memory for the forchheimer synagogue place "that would be the minimum", says peter lichtenberger. If there were a memorial plaque, it would also be conceivable to build on the synagogue site, says lichtenberger: "why not build on it?. It would be different if there were graves, it is not a cemetery."