Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Gąbin, Poland - Original Linocut Gąbin, Poland - With Background

Yiddish name: Gombin

The wooden synagogue of Gabin was built in 1710. It is thought that the facade of the synagogue was inspired by the baroque architecture of churches. Built as a timber-framed rectangle, it was ornamented with two onion-shaped domed towers over the entrance, each with a flag. In more modern times, the synagogue was regarded as a landmark historical building, part of the national cultural heritage that was under special supervision of the Department of Museums of the Polish Ministry of Education.

On September 21, 1939, the Jewish population of GÄ…bin was gathered in the market. The Nazis brutalized the Jews and some were killed. On that same day, the German soldiers set the synagogue on fire, spreading to nearby buildings. The fire consumed the Torah, the prayer books and all synagogue equipment. Several Jews in the burning building miraculously escaped death. In the end, The Jews were blamed by the Germans blamed for the fire.

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Original linocut prints are 8x10 inches, and are available either unmatted or in an 11x14 matte.

I also offer matted 5x7 digital prints. These prints are created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

For this synagogue I have created an additional digital print, with Hebrew lettering in the background. These prints are also created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

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