Artur Szalatnai-Slatinsky (1891-1961) was one of the most important interwar Slovak architects. A graduate of the Technical University in Budapest, he settled in Bratislava in 1919. Szalatnai's work was closely connected with Bratislava for more than 40 years. His first buildings were designed in the spirit of historicism, but he also experimented with the cubism of the early 1920s.
His most important design from this period is this synagogue, the synagogue on Heydukova Street, which he built in 1923-1926 for the Bratislava Orthodox Jewish community. Szalatnai was a pioneer of modern architecture in Slovakia, carrying out extensive work in Bratislava, Piestany, Trencianske Teplice, Komarno and elsewhere. He was popular among the Jewish middle class, becoming a sought-after specialist for villas and residential houses, sanatoria and spa complexes. Szatalnai contributed to the Bratislava architectural journals Forum and Slovensky stavitel as well as to foreign publications. He was particularly interested in the urbanism of Slovak towns and also collected material on folk architecture.
Szalatnai survived the Holocaust. As an architect he was exempted from the 1942 deportations; he spent the last months of the war in hiding in Bratislava. He changed his family name to Slatinsky after the liberation. One of his post-war works was a Holocaust memorial erected in front of a synagogue in Trnava. The architect is buried in the Neolog Jewish cemetery in Bratislava.
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