After a decade of negotiations, the city has now taken possession of the 19th century synagogue and has vowed to safeguard it as an important element of Jewish cultural heritage by restoring it to its former glory and transforming it into a Jewish Cultural Centre.
Nestled against the Lithuanian border, Suwalszczyzna (for the sake of simplicity, let’s refer to it from now on as the Suwałki region), is more than a complex mass of randomized letters.
The grim discovery by construction workers in the town of Leżajsk, southern Poland, has been described as one of the largest in recent times, with many of the ‘matzevot’ retaining their original colours and painted lettering.
The treasure found at the Old Synagogue in Wieliczka includes a silver cup, five candlesticks, the parts for four or five brass chandeliers, and two silver-plated candlesticks – but mystery surrounds who put them there.
During WWII the synagogue was destroyed by Hitler’s marauding troops. The chandelier was discovered during an archaeological dig in 2004 on the former site.
The synagogue will come with a three-star hotel and restaurant complex.
In my own name and on behalf of the whole Polish nation, I convey expressions of deep sympathy over the anti-Semitic attack committed at a synagogue in Pittsburg, Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote in a condolence message to US President Donald Trump.
Erected in a neo-Renaissance style in 1885-1887, the Jewish prayer house was one of the city’s most imposing landmarks with a tower soaring 54 metres (177 feet) into the sky.