Day 17: Lviv – A Familiar Pattern

by Zack on August 23, 2010

Even the New York Times can get it wrong.

Lviv, Lwow, Lemberg. It has had many names, and played many roles. Originally and contemporarily it is Ukrainian. But is has been Polish, Austrian and Russian. By no means is it a “typical” Ukrainian city.

Just as conflicted as the city’s ownership is it’s relationship with its Jewish community. As the article indicates, pogroms were not rare in Lviv. Though, the actual number of the 1918 pogrom is closer to (and below) 100 than 1,000.

In 1942, over 130,000 Jews were confined to the Lviv Ghetto and killed. Many were lured into the Golden Rose Synagogue, a 400 year old Jewish landmark, which was then burned with its congregation inside.

We visited what is left of the synagogue, along with other Jewish sites in the city, including the memorial to those killed by the Nazis.

As is becoming a trend, Jewish life in this city is limited. We were, however, welcomed by the Jewish community center, which the next post will discuss.

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