At the beginning of this year, a mikveh was discovered in Chemnitz during archaeological investigations on the edge of the Chemnitz city center. It is a brick structure with a rectangular basin into which two steps lead down. Neither the archaeological context nor the construction method allows concrete conclusions about the age; the mikveh seems to be late medieval or early modern.
The Austrian daily “Der Standard” recently published an article by Sebastian Fellner reporting on the latest developments in a conflict over the rescue of the preserved ruins of the medieval synagogue in Korneuburg. As the city continues its efforts to buy the historic building from the private owner, who installed a garage entrance in it for his car in 2007, the case vividly shows how public interest, monument protection and the ideas of the private owner can be diametrically opposed, leading to years of stalemate.