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

Zabłudów, Poland - Original Linocut

Yiddish name: Zablodove

The wooden synagogue was built between 1637-1649 in a town that had a thriving Jewish community for hundreds of years.

It had a remarkable three story roof which was constructed without the use of nails. Renovated and enlarged in 1765, it was considered a Jewish cultural treasure of Poland. Inscribed on its walls were colorful paintings and prayers. There was a large collection of valuable worship vessels of great historical value, including ancient scrolls, a massive silver Torah crown, and a menorah standing on a pole built especially for it. In addition, there were colorful embroidered silk and velvet Torah curtains using silver and gold threads. The beautiful bimah, standing in the middle of the synagogue, was designed in the shape of a tower with windows and arches. A special Sabbath afternoon custom was for the klezmer band, headed by the jester/ humorist of the town, coming to play music in the synagogue.

The synagogue of Zabłudów and most of the town was burned by German Wehrmacht troops on June 26, 1941. The next year, the ghetto was liquidated and 1,400 Jews were transported to Treblinka, where almost all were killed the same day.

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