Remains of Torah Ark destroyed by Nazis found in Lithuania

Publication Date28 Aug 2021
The Israeli Antiquities Authority had been trying until then to uncover the remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilna - which they consider to be one of the largest Jewish community centers of Lithuania.

In addition, a bimah that was excavated was thought to have been destroyed by the Nazis during the 1940s. The Great Synagogue of Vilna as a whole was destroyed, looted, and burned by Nazi and Soviet forces.

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A Torah ark is what holds the Torah scrolls. The bimah refers to a raised platform with a reading desk in a synagogue.

The Torah ark that was found in the excavation is said to have been renovated in the 18th century after a large fire.


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