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

Warka, Poland - Original Linocut Warka, Poland - With Background

Yiddish name: Vorke

The Wooden synagogue of Warka was built sometime between 1811-1817. The prayer hall, almost square with an octagonal ceiling, was covered entirely with paintings of animals, symbols and landscapes. Prayer verses and sayings of the old sages were placed between the images. Some paintings indicated the name of the contributor.

During the night after Succot, October 1939, the townspeople noticed the synagogue on fire. The town’s Jews ran toward the synagogue to put out the fire. However, the entire Jewish quarter was encircled by soldiers, opening fire at the oncoming Jews and forcing them to return to their homes. The fire spread to nearby houses and the Jews attempted to escape, but they were met by bullets. As more Jewish houses caught fire, the people ran to the courtyards for protection against the flames and bullets. Miraculously, the wind changed, and the fire spread to the Christian quarter. When that happened, the soldiers ordered the Jews to work at extinguishing the fire, saving many Jews from certain death.

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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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