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

Vilkovishk, Lithuania - Original Linocut Vilkovishk, Lithuania - With Background

Vilkovishk [Yiddish]

According to tradition, Jews began to settle in Vilkovishk in the fourteenth century. At the beginning of the sixteenth century Queen Bona (wife of King Zigmunt August II) donated timber to the citizens of Vilkovishk for building prayer houses. Jews were among the beneficiaries and built their synagogue in 1545, which existed until World War II. It contained a grandiose oak "aron kodesh" (Holy Ark), three stories high, decorated with artistically engraved wooden ornaments, which housed several scrolls brought by those expelled from Spain as well as the usual Sifrey Torah. The German army occupied Vilkaviškis on June 22, 1941. Many Jewish homes and the synagogue were destroyed by bombing. With the onset of the occupation, Lithuanian nationalists attacked local Jews. A few weeks later the Jews were imprisoned in a ghetto set up in a military barracks outside of town.The Jewish men of Vilkaviškis were murdered on July 28, 1941 in two pits, prepared in advance. On September 24 the Jewish women and children were shot at the same location. According to Soviet sources, a total of 3,056 people were murdered at that time.

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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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