Using archival photos as reference material i have created more than 100 paintings that form the basis of a series of childrens books that illustrate synagogues lost across europe the project will soon expand to cover synagogues in north africa arab countries and israel around the time of the establishment of the state of israel. The experience of reading where we once gathered lost synagogues of europe is reminiscent of looking through a cherished family photo album with a grandparent andrea strongwater tells the story of different synagogues through painting and narrative beginning with their creation through the hopes and values they embodied during their existence to their final tragic end. Where we once gathered lost synagogues of europe paintings and words by andrea strongwater publication library call number na4690 s77 2012 through her own paintings and her research into archival photos and written records the author tells the stories of european synagogues that were eradicated before and during world war ii and of . The lost synagogues is a collection of vibrant paintings depicting synagogues that were eradicated before and during wwii andrea strongwater has researched jewish communities across europe to connect archival photos with written records that together tell the story of european jewish life before the holocaust
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