Warsaw Big Synagogue


Between 1875 and 1878, Warsaw Synagogue was built. Warsaw and parts of present-day Poland belonged to Tsarist Russia and the Synagogue was built in a part of the city where the Jews were allowed by the Tsarist authorities to settle. The Synagogue was later also within the Warsaw ghetto between 1940 and 1943. When the inhabitants of the ghetto rebelled against the Nazis in April 1943, the rebellion was brutally suppressed after about three weeks. As a symbolic end to the uprising, the SS-Gruppenführer Jürgen Stroop had the Synagogue blown up on May 16, 1943.

Current status: Demolished with memorial tablet (2015).

Location: 52°14'39.45" N 21°00'08.36" E

Get there: Tram.

My comment:

The Synagogue was never rebuilt after the war and nowadays there is a large skyscraper on the site called the Blue tower because of its blue color. The small tablet is on the back of the skyscraper.

Follow up in books: Ringelblum, Emmanuel: Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto (2006).