Patronage Barbara Klepsch, Saxon Minister for Culture and Tourism
A cooperative project of Saxon State Theatres, the Jewish community of Dresden, the Saxon Academy of the Arts, the New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Dresden, the cinema Programmkino Ost, the TU Dresden (Chair of Medieval and Modern Art History) and 2021 Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland e.V.
1,700 years ago, on 11 December 321, the Roman Emperor Constantine issued an edict proclaiming that people of the Jewish faith could hold municipal offices in the »curia« (i.e. the town council) of Cologne. This is considered the earliest indication that Jewish communities have been an integral part of European culture since the late antiquity. The first documented mention of a Jewish community in Dresden is contained in the »Jewish Regulation« of Heinrich the Illustrious, Margrave of Meissen, from 1265, in which Jews were placed under his protection and exempted from customs duties in return for a lump-sum payment. Today’s Saxon State Theatres owe a great deal to the cultural work of Jewish citizens. Despite several disruptions, the close connections to Jewish life are an expression of a rich shared history. Reason enough to celebrate this special anniversary for Dresden in the year 2021.