Roof collapses on run-down 18th-century former great synagogue in Brody, Ukraine – The Times of Israel

Posted By on March 10, 2021

JTA Large parts of the roof of a centuries-old crumbling former synagogue in Ukraine have collapsed.

The latest damage to what remains of the Great Synagogue of Brody, an 18th-century house of worship near Lviv, in western Ukraine, was observed this month. It follows an earlier implosion from 2006, reported Wednesday.

The building is listed as a monument but authorities in Ukraine, one of Europes poorest countries, have not taken action to salvage the dilapidated structure for years. Ukraine has hundreds of former synagogues, some of them as old as the Brody one, in various states of disrepair.

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The Turei Zahav Jewish Community, an organization that helps revive Jewish life and heritage in Western Ukraine, has warned repeatedly in recent years that inaction on the synagogue would lead to its disappearance.

At the moment, the synagogue continues to collapse, and if no changes take place in the near future, we will once again lose one of the most unique monuments of sacred architecture in Ukraine, the group said on its website.

The synagogue was severely damaged during World War II, and the southern and northern outbuildings were lost. During the war, German troops tried to blow up the building but failed, according to Turei Zahav.

The synagogue was nationalized during communism and used as a warehouse. After Ukraines independence in 1991, internal scaffolding was installed to slow down the buildings collapse.

Brody had many thousands of Jews before the Holocaust; most were murdered. No Jews live there today.

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