The Past

LOOKING BACK

Looking Back

The Past

The Villa Seligmann

Histo­ry

In the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tu­ry, Sig­mund Selig­mann builds a pres­ti­gious vil­la in Hohen­zol­lern­stras­se in Han­no­ver, amidst a spa­cious gar­den. He choo­ses Her­mann Scha­ed­ler of Han­no­ver as archi­tect.  As one of the few evi­den­ces left of Jewish bour­geoi­sie in Han­no­ver befo­re the sho­ah, the Vil­la with its gre­at hall and the many rooms offers the ide­al place for docu­men­ta­ti­on, rese­arch and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on of Jewish music. The­re is room for instru­ments and con­certs, exhi­bi­ti­ons, pre­sen­ta­ti­ons and lectures.

By the end of 2006, the Sig­mund Selig­man Foun­da­ti­on purcha­sed the buil­ding, and on 17th Janu­a­ry 2012, it was ope­ned to the public. Ten years later, the Foun­da­ti­on has deve­lo­ped into an insti­tu­ti­on with a defi­ni­te impact on cul­tu­ral life in Han­no­ver, well known bey­ond the limits of the capi­tal of Lower Sax­o­ny. The bea­ming Vil­la Selig­mann has beco­me like a light house for Jewish spi­ri­tu­al music and offers an inter­na­tio­nal forum for mee­ting peop­le regard­less whe­re they come from, their reli­gi­on or cul­tu­ral background.

The Name

In 1876 the Jewish ban­ker Sig­mund Selig­mann (born on August 19, 1853 in Verden/Aller, died on Octo­ber 12, 1925 in Han­no­ver) joins the com­pa­ny “Con­ti­nen­tal Caout­chouc- und Gut­ta-Per­cha-Com­pa­gnie”. Three years later he ser­ves alrea­dy on the Board of Direc­tors. Under his manage­ment, Con­ti­nen­tal deve­lo­ps into a world-famous com­pa­ny. In 1923, he is awar­ded hono­ra­ry citi­zenship of Han­no­ver. In 1910, Sig­mund Selig­mann has his por­trait pain­ted by the pain­ter Max Lie­ber­mann. Today the pic­tu­re can be seen in the Vil­la Selig­mann on per­ma­nent loan by the descen­dants of Sieg­mund Seligmann.

1700 Jahre Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland
1700 Jahre Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland

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