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The municipal council of Groningen in the northeast of Holland has unanimously decided to buy the former Groningen synagogue as an historical monument. The synagogue, which was inaugurated some. 75 years ago when the Jewish community still flourished, proved much too large after World War II when the majority of Groningen’s Jews were deported to death camps. The Jewish survivors now meet in the former youth synagogue. The main synagogue was sold some time ago and in recent years served as a laundry.