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This exhibition serves as a lament to the destroyed Jewish civilization that once flourished in Poland, a record of the locations of the annihilation of the Jews, and an exploration of the commemorative efforts now taking place there. Traces of Memory features photographs by Chris Schwarz (1948-2007), the founding director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow, with research and texts by Jonathan Webber. Together they travelled through Poland’s countryside to document the visible traces of the Jewish past.

From the permanent exhibition of the Galicia Jewish Museum,
Kraków |

Above photos by Chris Schwarz © Galicia Jewish Museum


Wednesday, May 12, 7 P.M. FILM CLUB

Birthplace (Miejsce urodzenia)
Poland, 1992, 47 mins, Polish with English subtitles
Written and directed by Pawel Lozinski

Post-screening discussion with writer Henryk Grynberg, the subject of the film, interviewed by historian Joanna Michlic

Returning to the tiny Polish village where many of his relatives were killed, Grynberg interviews those who were there during WWII in an effort to find out who killed his father. A prominent author, Grynberg is known in Poland as the chronicler of the fate of Polish Jews.

$10, $7 students/seniors, $5 members

Tuesday, May 25, 7 P.M.
Former Neighbors: A Jewish-Polish Conversation

Dr. Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University; Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland; and Tomasz Kuncewicz, director, Auschwitz Jewish Center; moderated by Dr. David Marwell, Museum director

Home to Europe's largest Jewish community before the Holocaust, Poland is currently experiencing a revival of Jewish culture. Our panel explores this resurgence and the complicated questions it raises about contemporary identity.

$10, $7 students/seniors, $5 members

Wednesday, June 9, 7 P.M.

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Krakow Music Festival with The Stars of Szeroka Street

Musical luminaries Frank London, Lorin Sklamberg, Ben Zion Miller, and Michael Alpert — frequent performers at the Krakow Festival of Jewish Culture — perform a special concert of spiritual music from the meditative to the ecstatic. They are joined by Cantor Daniel Gildar (piano), Brandon Seabrook (guitar & electronics), Pablo Aslan (bass) and special guests Armenian oud master Ara Dinkjian and Indian percussionist Deep Singh.

$25, $20 students/seniors, $15 members
This concert is made possible by Harold and Priscilla Grabino.

Check the Edmond J. Safra Hall events page for details and updates.


Traces of Memory

(Indiana University Press) contains 74 stunning color photographs that bear witness to the great Jewish civilization that once flourished in Poland. Captions and detailed notes by Jonathan Webber explain and contextualize Chris Schwarz’s striking photographs. An invaluable sourcebook on the Jewish heritage of Polish Galicia, this album also illustrates how photographs can help us understand the past and discover its relevance for the present. $27.95 Order now >



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