Synagogue Architecture in Slovakia: A Memorial Landscape of a Lost Community is the first monographic treatment of synagogue architecture in this Central European country. The publication provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of the Slovak Jewish community, a context for synagogue architecture as an expression of the Jewish communal presence. It further examines the broader Central European context of synagogue architecture and various legal, religious and other determinants that influenced the appearance of synagogues. It introduces the cases of Košice, Prešov and Bardejov, three Eastern Slovak towns that abound with preserved evidence of their formerly great Jewish communities. Finally, the book includes an exhaustive listing of extant and demolished synagogues in Slovakia. This volume, featuring rich illustrations, maps, plans and historical images, most published for the first time, is based on the results of the Synagoga Slovaca project, an arduous six-year undertaking that painstakingly located, recorded and catalogued visual evidence of synagogue architecture in Slovakia.
All proceeds from the sale of this publication will be used for the development of the Slovak Jewish Heritage Route and other Jewish heritage projects in Slovakia.
About the author:
A native of Bratislava, Dr. Maroš Borský studied art history and Jewish studies in Bratislava, Regensburg, London, Jerusalem and Heidelberg. From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Borský was the curator at the Slovak National Museum-Museum of Jewish Culture, where he founded and oversaw Synagoga Slovaca, the documentation project of synagogue architecture in Slovakia. Since 2006, Dr. Borský has been the Director of the Slovak Jewish Heritage Center in Bratislava. Dr. Borský is the vice president of the Jewish Community of Bratislava.
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