Bialystok Big Synagogue

The Germans occupied Bialystok, 27 June, 1941, and on the same day members of the Police battalion 309 forced about 2,000 Jews into the large synagogue in central Bialystok (some sources mention 700 Jews). The Synagogue was then set on fire and with the exception of a few who managed to escape, the rest were burned to death. The fire also spread to nearby houses and the Jews who hid there suffered the same fate as the Jews in the synagogue. 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 incorrect.

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