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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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Gates of Heaven

Gates of Heaven

(p.358) Gates of Heaven
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Eleonora Bergman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reviews Maria and Kazimierz Piechotka's new book, Bramy nieba: Bóżnice drewniane na ziemiach dawnej Rzeczypospolitej (Gates of Heaven: Wooden Synagogues in the Lands of the Former Polish Commonwealth). However, rather than addressing the book's main topic, the architecture of synagogues, the chapter opts to explore other parts of the book instead, including its maps, illustrations, albums, bibliography, and survey sections. This is done to address the difficulties in interpreting these buildings. The chapter asserts that this book is extremely important, and its influence will reach far beyond Poland's borders. It is regrettable that it should have been published with so many editorial flaws, but even the most critical comments cannot undermine its great value, perhaps demonstrating to the reader how complicated is the apparatus needed for such a study.

Keywords:   Maria Piechotka, Kazimierz Piechotka, Bramy nieba, Gates of Heaven, synagogue architecture, book review, editorial flaws

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