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The association was founded in 2003 and has set itself the goal of preserving the more than 300-year (largely Jewish) industrial history of the brass works.

  • Guided tours with a focus on Jewish history: Mirjam Silber, M.A. 

  • Guided tours with a focus on architectural history: Mirjam Silber, M.A., together with Dr. Ulrich Röthke (art historian) or Thomas Steier (architect)

Finow water tower

The 48.60 meter high tower is a landmark of the Finowtal and was built in 1917/18 according to designs by Paul Mebes to supply the Hirsch Kupfer & Brass works AG built.
The exhibition on the brass works and its industrial history can be visited in the tower (barrier-free access via stair lift and elevator). 
From the top platform, which can only be reached by a spiral staircase, there is a beautiful, wide view.

By clicking on the photo you get zandr "Finower Wasserturm" website.


brass works settlement

The brass factory, which opened in 1770, was bought in 1863 by the brothers Josef and Gustav Hirsch. The neo-orthodox Jewish Hirsch family came from Halberstadt, from where they already brought a wide range of experience from the Ilsenburg copper works - "Hirsch Kupfer und Messingwerke Aktiengesellschaft" was founded in 1906. The Hirsch era is characterized by intensive  Construction activities to integrate the employees and their families into the company - this is how the brass factory settlement came into being. The socially committed company philosophy of the Hirsch family is based on their Jewish religiosity: in addition to work and teaching, Zedeka (charity) is the focus.

See also:Hakhshara

By clicking on the photo you get zur website "Messingwerksiedlung".


copper houses

In the Messingwerksiedlung there are eight copper houses - unique in Germany: the first prefabricated houses, developed and manufactured by Hirsch Kupfer und Messingwerk AG. Seven houses were designed by Robert Krafft and Friedrich Förster and built in 1931, the eighth copper house called "Sorgenfrei" came from a design by Walter Gropius, was erected in 1932 and can be seen today on guided tours that also explain the architectural history and importance of the copper houses (especially during the NS period) and can even be viewed from the inside.

By clicking on the photo you get zur website "Messingwerksiedlung - Kupferhäuser".

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