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The Synagogues of Greece
Elias Messinas, architect

In the 1930s there were more than 100 synagogues in Greece. The destruction of Jewish communities by the Germans during the period of Occupation resulted in the extermination of roughly 87% of the Jewish population. After the Second World War there were still in Greece 38 synagogues remaining, in 25 cities. Most of them had been looted and abandoned or had been used as residences, store houses and stables. Due to the lack of organized Jewish community they were sold and later on demolished. Nowadays, 12 synagogues remain in use in 9 cities in Greece, many of which have suffered irreparable damages during their restoration.

ecoweek@ecoweek.gr

9/11/2008
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