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TEMPEL SYNAGOGUE

Restoration of Krakow’s Tempel Synagogue

TEMPEL SYNAGOGUE
Krakow, Poland
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BACKGROUND

Of the several Jewish synagogues that existed in the Kazimierz Jewish district in historic Krakow, Tempel synagogue survived World War II due to its re-use as a stable during the city’s German occupation.

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HOW WE HELPED

During Poland’s Soviet period, there was almost no local, national, or international capacity for restoring Jewish heritage sites such as the abandoned Tempel synagogue. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Most of the Jewish populations of Eastern Europe and traces of their built heritage such as synagogues were decimated during World War II. Reconciliation, healing, and even access to Jewish heritage sites could not begin until 1991 after Poland’s independence from the Soviet Union. (...)

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IN THE MEDIA
Why Jewish life is thriving in today's Poland
Fox News, Friday, June 21, 2013
VIDEOS
World Monuments FundWorld Monuments Fund 2011 Hadrian Award
November, 2011

Every year, World Monuments Fund presents the Hadrian Award to international leaders who have advanced the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of the world’s art and architecture. WMF honored Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder with the 2011 Hadrian Award. Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder actively support the arts and civic causes. Through philanthropy, they express an unwavering commitment to the fine arts, architecture, and preservation. Mr. Lauder championed WMF's Jewish Heritage Program during his tenure as a WMF Trustee. The Museum of Modern Art, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, and Neue Galerie benefit from the passionate support of the Lauder family.