Sopot Synagogue

Built in the years 1913-1914 Sopot’s synagogue was the work of German architect Adolf Bielefeldt. The brick construction was designed as a 21 x 15 metre rectangular building in a modernist style. In the western part was a large vestibule containing the entrance to the main prayer hall, which itself was surrounded on three sides by galleries for women.

On the night of the 12th of November 1938 the synagogue was attacked by a mob during the riots of Kristallnacht and burned and 1938 was also the year that Jews were banned from Sopot completely.

Following the war the city found itself part of Poland and during the 1960s a residential block was built on the site where the synagogue had once stood. Thanks to the Nissenbaum Family Foundation a plague was placed on one of the walls of this new building to mark the spot where the synagogue had once been although this had to be replaced after been stolen in 1993.


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