The house where Morocco’s Jews and Muslims meet to banish amnesia

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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

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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...

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