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

Połaniec, Poland - Original Linocut

Polaniec [Pol], Plontch [Yid], Polanyets, [Rus]

In 1765, Jews were granted the privilege of residence in the town and permitted to open workshops. The synagogue was well known for its architecture and wall paintings. In the mid-18th century, the town had a synagogue, a beit midrash, a talmud torah, a yeshiva, and many cheders. The Prissker Chassidim were a majority of this Jewish community. A fire in 1929 swept through the town destroying the beit midrash, mikvah and talmud torah and leaving 100 Jewish families homeless. The Jews rebuilt their homes using bricks and stones. At the end of October 1942, the Polaniec ghetto was liquidated. Immediately after the deportation, the Nazis began to take over the abandoned properties and belongings. They destroyed the wooden houses and the newer stone houses were sold to enthusiastic Poles for token sums. The Poles then began intensive searches for hidden valuables, digging in the courtyards and all other possible places. The wooden synagogue, which had stood for 500 years, was sold to the local Germans, who dismantled it and used it for firewood.

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