Tuesday, October 7, 2008

48 Worshippers die in Synagogue

A dreadful occurence is reported from Maramos Sziget, Hungary, resulting in sad loss of life, during the Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur, the Feast of Expiation.
A very large congregation, estimated at some 3,000 souls, was assembled in the Synagogue when a cry of "Fire" was raised.
Instantly the peaceful scene was transformed into one of indescribable panic, and a mad rush was made for the doors, but it was with the greatest difficulty that the people inside the edifice were able to force their way out owing to the great crush that converged on to the outlets.
In the confusion a large number slipped and fell to the floor, and with the surging throng it was impossible for them to rise, and they were trampled on.
"When the alarm had subsided it was found that the death toll was a large one, no less than 48 persons having been killed, and many others seriously injured, while nearly all had suffered more or less, in some cases the clothing being almost torn off their backs.

Eastern Province Herald - October 7, 1908

When I read of tragedies like this I don't know what to say. I tried an internet search to see if I could find an image of the Synagogue but without luck. It makes me wonder if the building still exists. Can anyone help me out here?

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