Swimming Pool, Furniture Shop and Police Station: The Sorry Fate of Europe's Old Synagogues

After the Holocaust and the subsequent emigration of many of Europe's Jews, synagogues were transformed for other uses. A Hungarian-Israeli photographer set out to document them

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A former synagogue in Poznań, Poland, which the Nazis converted into a swimming pool.
A former synagogue in Poznań, Poland, which the Nazis converted into a swimming pool.Credit: Bernadett Alpern
Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People
Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
A former synagogue in Békéscsaba, Hungary, now a furniture store. Credit: Bernadett Alpern
A former synagogue in Poznań, Poland, which the Nazis converted into a swimming pool.Credit: Bernadett Alpern
A former synagogue in Slany, Czech Republic, now a police station.Credit: Bernadett Alpern
A former synagogue in Cluj, Romania, now a printer's shop.Credit: Bernadett Alpern
A former synagogue in Nijmegen, Netherlands, now a natural history museum.Credit: Bernadett Alpern
A former synagogue on London's Brick Lane now a mosque. Credit: Bernadett Alpern
A former synagogue in Kecskemét, Hungary, now the town's House of Science and Technology. Credit: Bernadett Alpern
A former synagogue in Osijek, Croatia, now a church. Credit: Bernadett Alpern

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