Project to shore up ground beneath Auschwitz synagogue


(JTA) — A project to reinforce the ground beneath the only synagogue at the Auschwitz memorial and state museum will begin this spring.

Tomasz Kuncewicz, director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, the site of the former Nazi death camp, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Lomdei Mishnayot Synagogue project would cost approximately $330,000. He said the site was in danger of collapse unless the sloping ground on which it sits was reinforced.

The synagogue was reopened in September 2000 following a $12 million renovation and the addition of a cultural center.

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