Latvia’s lost synagogues find new life in model form


A model of the Great Choral Synagogue in Riga is pictured in the Ghetto museum in Riga. Decades after destruction by the Nazis, Latvia's lost synagogue heritage has been recreated in intricate model form as part of efforts to recapture and document the once rich Jewish life in the Baltic country. Picture courtesy REUTERS/Ints Kalnins.

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RIGA, Latvia (Reuters) There were 210 synagogues in Latvia before World War II; today, there are only two synagogues operating.