Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Kosow Lacki, Poland - Original Linocut Kosow Lacki, Poland - With Background

Yiddish name: Kosov Latski

The wooden synagogue of Kosow Lacki, a town whose majority was Jewish, was erected at the end of the 18th century. Unlike other synagogues, Kosów Lacki’s is not known for its architectural structure, nor for its interior paintings. Is remembered instead for the ironic and tragic ending of its Jewish inhabitants.

Between the two World Wars, many Jews began to leave Kosow as their situation worsened with the rise of Hitler and conflict in the area between Germans and Russians. Thus, the Jewish population dwindled to 40% of the town's population by World War II. In late September, 1939, the Germans occupied the town, established a Judenrat and ghetto. Jewish craftsmen became slave labor, some working to erect and enlarge nearby Treblinka from a small POW camp into the death camp. At the end of Yom Kippur on September 22, 1942 German and Polish police circled the ghetto and marched its inhabitants six miles on the same day to Treblinka. They were the only victims to arrive on foot to this death camp.

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Original linocut prints are 8x10 inches, and are available either unmatted or in an 11x14 matte.

I also offer matted 5x7 digital prints. These prints are created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

For this synagogue I have created an additional digital print, with Hebrew lettering in the background. These prints are also created from high-res digital images and come in an 8x10 matte.

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