Lithuania SIG #Lithuania (Lithuania) Archaeologists Unearthed the Bimah of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius #lithuania


Jan Meisels Allen
 

An International team of archeologists unearthed the bimah of the Great
Synagogue of Vilnius. The bimah is the synagogue's central prayer platform.
The Great Synagogue of Vilnius was a 17th-century building that was
destroyed by the Nazis and Soviets during World War II. The synagogue was
built in 1630 on a site that has been used as a synagogue beginning in 1440.

A school was built by the Soviets' over the Grand Synagogue in 1950's. They
were tearing down the school when they found it under the office of the
principal of a kindergarten.

The Nazis burned down the synagogue and the remains were later demolished by
the Soviet regime that built a kindergarten, later turned into the primary
school, on the property.

Before the war, Jews accounted for around one-third of the city's then
60,000 residents, but most of them perished under Nazi Germany's 1941-1944
occupation.

To read more see:
https://eurojewcong.org/news/communities-news/lithuania/archeologists-find-b
imah-of-historic-synagogue-in-vilnius-destroyed-by-nazis-and-soviets/

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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