Berlin's Jews Have Sights Set on Cultural Future, Not Historic Past

A lively cultural center opened on the former site of a Jewish school is a sign that the city’s resurgent Jewish community doesn’t want another Holocaust monument and prefers to think about the future.

Auguststrasse bisects the Mitte district in the heart of Berlin. The long narrow street is packed with art galleries, chic designer boutiques and some of the best restaurants in the German capital. But until recently the building at 11-13 Auguststrasse stood out from its surroundings. The multistory red brick building that once housed a Jewish elementary school for girls had stood abandoned and covered with...