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2015-05-04

Gdansk authorities will support renovation of synagogue

The Gdańsk City Councillors have granted funds for renovation of historical sites. The subsidised facilities include the synagogue in Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz.

1 million and 67 thousand zlotys from the budget of the Regional Monument Preservation Office in Gdańsk was to be distributed. During the Thursday session of the City Council, a decision on the distribution of the resources was made. The majority of the resources will be expended for renovation of sacral historical objects, including St. Nicolas Orthodox Church, St. Brigid church and St. Catherine church.

100,000 zlotys will go to the Jewish community in Gdansk  which has been looking for resources to repair the roof of the synagogue for several months. In autumn 2014, the ceiling collapsed in the building. It turned out that several tons of rubble had been lying in the attic for many years. Those were mostly old roof tiles abandoned by a repair crew in the 1950s. The labourers should have removed the rubble but they concealed it over the ceiling instead. After over 60 years, the roof failed to withstand the load and collapsed. The situation is very bad.

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The repair costs have been estimated for 200,000 – 300,000 zlotys. The Jewish community launched a collection of money and artists performed several concert on behalf of the synagogue. Now, the Community will receive a significant financial support from the City. The money will be used for renovation of the roof, chimneys and elevation.

It is the only synagogue preserved in Gdańsk. The building was erected in 1927.. It was devastated during World War II, and in the times of the Polish People’s Republic, it accommodated a school. Today, the synagogue is the headquarters of the Gdańsk Branch of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in the Republic of Poland.

Author: Krzysztof Bielawski
 

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