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   The Synagogues of Europe

 

The Synagogue of Czernowitz, Ukraine
1929


 

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In 1872 there was a split in Czernowitz between the Reform and Orthodox communities.  In 1873 construction of the synagogue commenced. Two years later both communities reunited, and  in 1878 the synagogue, designed a bit like a mosque, was consecrated.  The synagogue was used mostly by the wealthier Reform group, though services were not so Reform. At the time, the synagogue was  the most prominent building in all of Czernowitz.

In 1940 the Russians, who had annexed Czernowitz, closed the synagogue and confiscated its property. On Jul 5, 1941, German and Romanian soldiers burned down the synagogue. In 1959 the ruins were converted into a movie theater.
 



 


 



 

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