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Wooden synagogues

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Archival photographs from the early twentieth century 
Opening: 18.07.2014 (Friday), in hours. 18.00 - 20.00 
exhibition is accompanied by a catalog of "Synagogues of wood" 
exhibition open to: 24.08.2014

"Wooden Synagogues do not exist - like the faithful who pray in them, they became victims of the Holocaust", wrote Maria 
and Kazimierz Piechotka in his monumental work "The gates of heaven. Wooden synagogues. "Distinguished scholars of Jewish heritage theme, working for decades with the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, contributed to the congregation rich collection of materials documenting the cultural history of the Jews in the Polish lands. (...)

The Ludwik Zamenhof Centre in Bialystok has chosen to "Archive Piechotkas" one of the topics photographs showing the wooden synagogues of the area lying at the junction of the historical Polish Crown and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (pre-partition Podlaskie, the southern part of Trakai, and western Nowogródek). In pre-war administrative division was mainly the area forming part of the then province of Bialystok (with the districts: Bialystok, Grodno, wołkowyskim, Białowieża) and the adjacent districts of Novgorod provinces, Lublin, Warsaw. In everyday language, this area was called the Podlasie or Bialystok region. (...)" 
Piotr Jacek Jamski Institute of Art, a fragment of admission "Survivor photographs only" section of the catalog of the exhibition "Wooden Synagogues" 

Images shown in the exhibition come from the collection of the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences


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