Images of Polish Synagogues

[ Detail from Front of Nozyk Synagogue ]

 'No institution has been so vital or central in Jewish life as the synagogue....Judaism would be unthinkable without the synagogue -- whether stately edifice or humble prayer-room -- and no substitute for it has yet been found.' - Uri Kaploun, THE SYNAGOGUE

During April 1995, I was fortunate enough to go on the annual Poland/Israel study trip of the Holocaust/Genocide Project (HGP) of the International Education and Resource Network (I*EARN), for which I volunteer.

This presentation is a commemoration of some of the synagogues we visited in Poland. The main Web page for each synagogue contains "thumbnails" (reduced images) of photographs taken of that synagogue. To view a full-sized version of a given image, please select the thumbnail (or its name).

In the future, this synagogue presentation will include additional images, synagogue floor plans, other maps, and more detailed information about the synagogues and their respective communities.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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In Remembrance

[ Lancut ] [ Nozyk ] [ Tykocin ]
[ Rema ] [ Old Synagogue (Kazimierz) ]

'The past lives only in us. It is our memory that gives it historical reality, making images and words from the past into an aspect of present-day consciousness. Thus does history become the present.' -- Rachel Salamander, THE JEWISH WORLD OF YESTERDAY 1860-1938

Poyln: Land of Sages and Tsadikim
by Yehiel Yeshaia Trunk
From Poyln: Zikhroynes un bilder

Quoted in Polin -- Studies in Polish Jewry
Volume 8: Jews in Independent Poland 1918-1939

Edited by Antony Polonsky, Ezra Mendelsohn
and Jerzy Tomaszewski

. . . The multi-faceted Jewish life in Poland was tied together by the style of oneness, in the style of many-sided unity of the godhead, for what is style if not unity in diversity? And, in addition, the old idealistic, prophetic, and future-oriented spirit continued to burn in the souls of Polish Jews. It went hand in hand with a cultural this-worldly orientation, and the spirit bridged the different and opposite forms of the consciousness of Polish Jews. . . .

. . . In the last summer before the Second World War, under the black terrible skies, the hearts of Polish Jews were heavy with premonitions of doom. And still, they knew how to turn these forebodings into a feeling of confidence. They learnt through severe trials how to cope with hot and cold without ever giving up hope. Despair which turns into confidence is perhaps a part of the process of the drama of the oneness of the world, a play performed with so much feeling in the depths of the Jewish soul (Polin 8, 322).

Translation by Anna Clarke

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Last Updated: 5 September 2005

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