Synagogues In Hungary, 1782-1918
Rudolf Klein is Professor of modern architectural history, Szent István University, Miklós Ybl Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Budapest
This is the first comprehensive study that systematically covers all synagogues in Hungary from the Edict
of Tolerance by Joseph II to the end of World War I. Unlike prior attempts, dealing with post-World-War-II
Hungary only, the geographical range of this study includes historic Hungary, today Austro-Hungarian
successor states, within the mentioned chronological timespan.
The study presents the architecture of Hungarian synagogues in a chronological order; the author gives
special attention to the boom of synagogue architecture and art from 1867 to 1918, a time also called
“the modern Jewish Renaissance”. However, the greatest contribution of this book is the innovative matrix
method, which the author applies to determine the basic types of synagogues by using eight basic criteria.
The book also deals with the problem of urban context, the position of the synagogue in the city and
its immediate environment. There are two detailed case studies how communities built their synagogues
and how these were received by the general public. A theoretical summary tries to determine the role of
post-emancipation period synagogues in general architectural history.
Published by Terc Press, Hungary
800 Pages, 24 x 30 cm (9.45” x 11.8”)
$120.00 / €106.00 / £92.00