Monday, July 24, 2006

Song Without Words Pieśń Bez Słowi Песня Без Слов שִׁיר, זֶמֶר


© Dzimitry S. Samoussevitch

Images of Lakhva, Belarus, formerly Łachwa, Poland; including the former Wooden Synagogue [possibly dating from the 18th century], the Slavonic Orthodox Church of 1870 or 1889, and a Soviet-era painting from 1957 depicting Nazi SS Officers overseeing the Nazi's total destruction, by burning, of the pre-World War II wooden Shtetl sheltering, in 1942, over 3,200 Jews. The town was originally founded in 1493. Today's population is about 2,100; with few, if any, Jews represented among the residents. A Monument to the 1942 Łachwa/Лахва [Lakhva] Jewish Ghetto uprising was established in 1994.

Photo and image credits: and © Татьяна Конопацкая [© Мишпоха-А. 2005 г. Историко-публицистический журнал] for archival image of Synagogue and 1957 Soviet-era painting of Nazi burning of Lakhva; for 1997 photo of Lakhva and marshland; Polish Border Protection Corps via Wikipedia for archival photo of Łachwa, Poland in 1926; and Dzimitry S. Samoussevitch and for contemporary photo of Lakhva's Slavonic Orthodox Church. With deep thanks to all.


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