Author and Artist Andrea Strongwater has researched communities and archives to tell the story of European Jewish life before the Holocaust through this collection of vibrant watercolor paintings. The paintings in this collection, depicting synagogues that were eradicated before and during WWII, have been created by carefully scrutinizing historical black and white photos. The accompanying text tells the stories of the people who worshipped in these buildings and the fates of these communities.
The work is intended to draw you into this world of gorgeous and meaningful architecture, and in doing so, it preserves an important piece of Jewish cultural history. The first book is an overview of the project for all ages and intended to be used as an educational resource for children. There are 4 more books to follow that are dedicated to the various regions of Europe.