Re: Destruction of Remains of Golden Roiz Synagogue in Lviv #galicia

Igor Holyboroda

Dear listmembers!

As a Lviv citizen and a Lviv guide I may say concerning the
"Destruction of synagogue Golden-Roiz in Lviv", that fortunately
the situation is not so tragic. The survived after WW2 remnants
of Golden Rose (the Northern wall and interior space) have
remained unchanged. Some neighbouring part of the territory
of the former medieval Jewish blocks for some period (not just
now, it started earlier) have been being used as a site for
construction of a new hotel. This process was associated with
long-term archeological investigations, which gave interesting
results, and, unfortunately, with damage to neighbouring old
building, the last fact caused protests in local mass-media.
Due to some data, the hotel owners promised to restore the
former Yeshiva building, to keep valuable archeological
findings, belonging to the religious complex. Such facts for
sure should be checked and controlled (preferably by the
objective specialists - architects and archeologists), as well as
the possible influence of the construction on the Golden Rose
remnants. At the same time, ethnic relations and general
situation in Lviv are, fortunately, very far >from the picture given
in mentioned article. Lviv still keeps the traditions of ethnic and
religious tolerance, the image of a beautiful European
multi-cultural city, friendly to its citizens and foreign visitors.

Named article has also many mistakes. Some of them:

1. There are the monuments to Holocaust victims at the territory
of former WW2 ghetto and former Janiv death camp, many
memorial plates in corresponding memorial places (in particular,
near the Golden Rose). They are visited and honored by many

2. Golden Rose is one of the most valuable remnants, but,
fortunately, in Lviv there are still many other interesting objects
of Jewish heritage.

3. In the pre-WW2 period the Jews comprised approximately 30%
of Lviv population.

4. Lviv citadel was used as a concentration camp for Soviet,
French and Italian POWs, but not for the Lviv Jews (the Nazi
"prepared" for the Jews WW2 ghetto, Janiv death camp and other
forced labor camps, death camp in Belzec and so on).

Igor Holyboroda

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