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21 Lost Latvia Synagogues Recreated as Scale Models

Meticulous Detail Opens Window on Life Before Holocaust

Decades after their destruction by the Nazis, Latvia’s lost synagogues have been recreated in detailed model form as part of efforts to recapture and document the once-rich Jewish life in the Baltic country.

There were 210 synagogues in Latvia before World War Two, with styles ranging from ornate neo-Renaissance and neo-Romanesque buildings to humble wooden structures.

Today, there are only two synagogues operating, one in the capital Riga and another in the southern city of Daugavpils.
Using archive sources, official records, photographs and detective work, 21 of the synagogues have been reconstructed in paper, wood and plastic, according to the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, which spearheaded the project.

Using archive sources, official records, photographs and detective work, 21 of the synagogues have been reconstructed in paper, wood and plastic, according to the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, which spearheaded the project.

“These were places where people came to worship … places brimming with life,” museum chairman Rabbi Menachem Barkahan said.

Source: The Jewish Daily Forward

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