The house where Morocco’s Jews and Muslims meet to banish amnesia
The House of Memory, along with cemeteries and synagogues, celebrate a city’s Judeo-Moroccan heritage
In the old Jewish quarter of Morocco’s coastal city of Essaouira, a newly opened “House of Memory” has been dedicated to the historic coexistence of its Jewish and Muslim communities.
Tucked away in a narrow alleyway among labyrinthine lanes, Bayt Dakira (House of Memory) is situated in a former family home of wealthy traders, who added a small synagogue decorated with woodwork and carved furnishings.
The restored building “testifies to a period when Islam and Judaism had an exceptional closeness, complicity and intimacy”, said Andre Azoulay, an adviser to King Mohammed VI...