Lost Synagogues of Europe: Where We Once Gathered
"Lost Synagogues? They are lost only if we forget. How can we even begin to discuss what was lost until we know what was before. Strongwater’s paintings evoke the beauty and vitality of the lost communities of Europe."
—Stephen M. Goldman, Executive Director, Holocaust Memorial Center, Michigan’s Holocaust Museum
World War II saw the destruction of 6 million Jews, their lives, their homes, their organizations, institutions and thousands of synagogues. What did 6 million Jews support? What did the European Jewish world look like before the Third Reich? In my project I re-create in paintings and words synagogues that were destroyed in the process of ridding Europe of its Jews. I am telling a part of Jewish history that I have missed hearing: what came before the war. It’s a way for me to connect the dots.