A Photo Exhibition of Lithuanian Judaica

Jewish Synagogues of Lithuania
from the Photo Archives of Ethnographer Balys Buracas

The noted Lithuanian Photo Journalist and Ethnographer, Balys Buracas (1897-1972) received a Gold Medal at the 1937 International Exposition of Art and Technology in Paris. His work was also exhibited at the 1939 World Exposition in New York, and his photos of Lithuanian sacral arts and cultural traditions appeared in L'EncyclopÚdie Larousse and the Illustrated London News. 
These photographs were taken between 1922 and 1926. Some of the synagogues were old and disappeared in the 1920s and 1930s. Most if not all of the rest of these synagogues were destroyed during World War II. One of the synagoges were built as early as 1790 (Yurburg).
These photos show a number of no longer existing Lithuanian Jewish Synagogues and their interior and come from Balys Buracas's unique and very singular 36,000 photograph and document archive collection and appear here thanks to the generous cooperation of his nephew, Professor Antanas Buracas who can be reached at: anbura@lrs.lt

 There exists a book of Photographs of Synagogues of Balys Buracas, but links have disappeared for it.

 
For comments and requests for higher resolution images please contact: anbura@lrs.lt
Please revisit this site periodically because more historic photos will be add by Professor Antanas Buracas
 
Labels under photos are:
Subject
File
Location
Original Number
 
Synagogue in the town of Jurbarkas (Yurburg) (b. 1790)
BB-sin19W
Raseiniai district
BB1922
Bima and candlestick tag in Jurbarkas (Yurburg) synagogue (built in 1790)
BB-sin17W
Raseiniai district
BB1960
Bima (viewed from the other side) in Jurbarkas (Yurburg) synagogue (built in 1790)
BB-sin18W
Raseiniai district
BB1961
Synagogue in Kelme
BB-sin8
Sauliai district
BB
Bima within the Kelme synagogue
BB-sin1
Kelme, Sauliai district
BB1956
Bima in Kelme synagogue
BB-sin16W
Sauliai district
BB1955
Candlestick, chandelier in Kelme synagogue
BB-sin14W
Sauliai district
BB1958
Kodesh, the Holy Ark (Altar) in Kelme synagogue.
BB-sin15W
Siauliai district
BB1956
 
Old Samogitian synagogue
BB-sin2
Zemaitija
??
Synagogue in small town of Shaukenai
BB-sin3d
Sauliai district, Saukenai.
BB1920
Synagogue in small town of Prienai
BB-sin4
Mariampole district
BB 1925
Synagogue in small town of Prienai, other side
BB-sin12W
Mariampole district
BB1926
Synagogue in small town of Vilkavishkis
BB-sin5
Vilkaviskis district
BB1927
Synagogue in small town of Vilkavishkis, other side
BB-sin6
Vilkaviskis district
BB1924
Synagogue in Sauliai
BB-sin9
Sauliai district
BB1915
Synagogue in churchtown of Shiaulenai
BB-sin11W
Sauliai district
BB2156
Bima in Shiaulenai synagogue
BB-sin13W
Sauliai district
BB1959
 
Ethnic Jewish masque
BB-sin20W
Samogitia
BB2550

Last update on Novmber 4 ,2012
Created on Oct 24, 2002