The Great Synagogue – VelkÃ¡ Synagoga
VelkÃ¡ Synagoga circa 1900
From a postcard
VelkÃ¡ Synagoga in the 1950s
Photograph © Copyright George Krejci
VelkÃ¡ Synagoga in 1991
Photograph © Copyright 1991 Clive Porter
I took this photograph in 1991. The photograph seems to tell a very sad story. The sheer size of the building seems to suggest that the Jewish community in PlzeÅˆ once made up an important part of the population – it’s the third biggest synagogue in the world. I don’t think there’s any need to mention why or how this changed: I think anybody reading this will be well aware of what happened during the second world war.
Apart from the building’s obvious emptiness and lack of use, the absence of the six pointed star in the photograph is a harsh reminder.
VelkÃ¡ Synagoga circa 2000
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The synagogue is now beautifully restored and bears its star once more.
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