Bialystok Big Synagogue


The Germans took Bialystok on 27 June 1941, and already on the same day, members of the Police battalion 309 forced about 2,000 Jews in the large synagogue in central Bialystok (some sources mention up to 700 Jews). The Synagogue was then set on fire and with the exception of a few who managed to escape, the rest were burned inside. The fire also spread to nearby houses and the Jews who hid there were burned inside. A total of about 3,000 Jews were murdered on this fateful day in Bialystok’s Jewish history.

Current status: Demolished with monument (2009).

Location: 53°07'50.37"N 23°09'27.63"E

Get there: Walk from central Bialystok.

My comment:

The monument is located in a small park and looks like a distorted dome, which may give the impression that it is a remnant of the original synagogue, but this is thus incorrect.

Follow up in books: Arad, Yitzhak: Holocaust in the Soviet union (2009).