Seta Beit HaMidrash in 1937

Beit HaMidrash 1937

This picture was identified in Yiddish as the Shat Beit HaMidrash according to Yahudit Lita, Volume 3

Synagogue 1937

This picture was identified as the exterior of the Seta synagogue in the Yad Vashem Photo Archives

As one can see, the building in these two pictures is identical. According to the book Synagogues in Lithuania. A Catalogue N - Z (published 1 January 2012) by Aliza Coen-Mushlin, Sergey Kravtsov, Vladimir Levin, Giedre Mickunaite, Jurgita Siauciunaite-Verbickiene and edited by Doron Narkiss, between the two World Wars the synagogue was probably the Beit HaMidrash with a kloyz (prayer room) in a separate room in the same building. After WWII it was converted into a school until 1979 and then a school dormitory. For more detailed information please see Beit Midrash in Šėta, Lithuania and Beit Midrash in Šėta, Lithuania - photos of 2017.

It is obvious the prewar building does not resemble the current sad and sorry shack and shed-like structure once known as the Seta Beit HaMidrash in any way, shape, or form. It is virtually impossible to fathom, correlate and reconcile the latter with its prewar past.

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