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They deserve a name. A permanent exhibition of photographs, artwork & heirlooms will restore the memory of  Zarki, Poland’s lost Jews.
They deserve a name. A permanent exhibition of photographs, artwork & heirlooms will restore the memory of Zarki, Poland’s lost Jews.
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This project is run by The Cukerman's Gate Foundation from Bedzin. We've recently come across an unseen collection of pre-war and wartime photographs from the provincial Polish town – Zarki -  in the Upper Silesia region. Located in private collections, hundreds of pictures spanning several decades tell the story of family life, forgotten people and co-existing Jewish and Gentile communities. Only a small fraction of this treasured collection has been shared publicly and we are currently researching and preparing to unveil a complete exhibition inside the main floor of Zarki's historic synagogue. 

 More about the photo book here: http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/cms/news/5654,zarki-a-jewish-town-the-lost-photographs/

The pictures show both prewar Jews and Gentiles living together, momentarily caught in their staged or seemingly casual poses. We meet a happy family of three generations. A little girl wears what seem to be folk-inspired clothes. We gaze at the Jonish family joyfully trotting the streets of Zarki- a candid depiction of a happy moment. In the wake of the Holocaust, this world all but vanished 70 years ago, but photography provides an opportunity to renew it so that future generations might never forget.

 A significant part of the collection also depicts life in the Zarki ghetto. Żarki – A Jewish Town. The Lost Photographs - Virtual Shtetl The Żarki – A Jewish Town. The Lost Photographs photo book contains more than three hundred pictures of pre-war Jewish residents in the town of Żarki, most of them unidentified. With research, we hope to give every face in every photo a name. Learn who these children and families were and hear their stories. We need your help to exhibit this unique collection.

The photographs will constitute a basis for our narrative.

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The aim of the project is to gather a budget which is necessary to apply for a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture, to cover a larger portion of expenses. It is a comprehensive project which will involve a group of experts in the field. We will collaborate with an academic historian, an exhibition architect, a project manager and a researcher to make the project well conceptualized, researched and displayed.

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    We offer a photographic book entitled "Jewish Zarki. Lost Photographs" containing hundreds of rare previously unseen pictures spanning several decades, supply the token presence of family life, forgotten people and coexisting Jewish and Gentile communities in Zarki

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