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Slovak Shul To Become Art Gallery

The Jewish community of Zilina in Slovakia will rent out one of its former synagogues to artists who plan to turn it into a gallery.

The community will charge the artists a “symbolic fee,” according to a report on Sveriges Radio, Sweden’s public radio broadcaster.

The building, originally called the Neolog Synagogue, was designed in the early 1930s by the famous German architect Peter Behrens.

The synagogue stopped functioning in 1941, when most of the city’s 19,000 were murdered in the Holocaust. The building was returned to the institutions of what remained of Slovakia’s Jewish population in 1989, and has since served as a synagogue.

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