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

Prienai, Lithuania - Original Linocut Prienai, Lithuania - With Background

Pren (as the town was called in Yiddish) is located in the southern part of Lithuania on the shores of the Neman (Nemunas) river. The town was built on both sides of the river, the main part of the town being on the left hand side of the river, with a bridge linking both parts. Pren was mentioned for the first time in 1502. Until 1795, Pren was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Kingdom, when the third division of Poland by the three superpowers of those times - Russia, Prussia and Austria - caused Lithuania to become partly Russian and partly Prussian. The part of the state which lay on the left side of the Neman river (Nemunas) was handed over to Prussia while the other part became Russian. In 1868 a beer brewery, Goldberg's Brewery was established there, which became famous throughout Lithuania because of the quality of its products. Market days and fairs took place.

In April 1915, during World War I, the Russian military authorities expelled Jews from the town. Some settled in Vilna, but after the German army occupied Pren, they returned home, finding their houses, their praying houses, the ritual bath and the cemetery ruined and robbed. Thirty families needed to be supported by welfare institutions. The date of the synagogue’s destruction during World War II is unknown.

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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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