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Rediscovering Traces of Memory: The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia Paperback – September 15, 2009

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"Schwarz's photos are striking, incisive and heartbreaking..." —Jewish Exponent, February 11, 2010

(Jewish Exponent 2010-01-00)

"Wonderfully detailed... highly readable... evoke[s] a rich texture of memory and tradition and loss and even hope." —Ruth Ellen Gruber, author of National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe

(Ruth Ellen Gruber, author of National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe)

"A stunning tribute to the Jewish heritage of Polish Galicia.... A treasure for future generations." —Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, author of Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage

(Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, author of Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage)

"Polish-Jewish relations have long suffered from stereotypes and false accusations on both sides, and this is a major attempt to right the wrongs of the past." —Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland

(Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland)

"A moving account of what is being done to preserve the memory of what was lost and of the people, both Poles and Jews, involved in this important undertaking." —Antony Polonsky, Polin

(Antony Polonsky Polin)

"Webber's notes, in particular, distinguish Rediscovering Traces of Memory from other albums.... Close attention to detail, together with cooperation between photographer and anthropologist, makes the work an important contribution to scholarship." —H-Judaic, March 2011

(H-Judaic 2011-01-00)

"This rich, thought-provoking, and meticulously researched book will offer a good introduction to the topic of Jewish history in Galicia to students of contemporary European history, and will serve as a valuable supplement to those studying modern European Jewish culture, the history of the Holocaust, topics in East European ethnography, and the complex Polish-Jewish relations of the past and today." —Slavic and East European Journal

(Slavic and East European Journal)

About the Author

Jonathan Webber holds the UNESCO Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is a founding member of the International Auschwitz Council and was awarded the Golden Cross of the Polish Order of Merit for services to Polish-Jewish relations.

Chris Schwarz (1948–2007) was an acclaimed British photojournalist who exhibited and published many collections of his photographs on social welfare issues. In 2004 he opened the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland, to bring the story of the Jewish heritage in Polish Galicia to Poland and to the world.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; 1St Edition edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253221854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253221858
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This subject matter means a lot to me because I've been to Poland several times and have visited some of the sites featured in the book. However, anyone who has an interest in Jewish Poland would undoubtedly love this book. I had the pleasure of attending a lecture given by Jonathan Webber in NYC when the exhibit was shown at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Sadly, the book's photographer - Chris Schwarz - died four years ago. I'd once been in contact with him and he was passionate about the subject matter, plus the fact that he founded the Galicia Jewish Museum and that's where the photos from this book are exhibited.
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We went to the Galicia museum in Krakow this summer (2012) and found it to be very powerful and emotional. We bought this book there in the gift shop because it had all the photos and commentary from the museum plus some additional information and insight. I read through the book shortly after coming home and it was true to the museum but not as emotionally powerfull as actually being there and seeing it all for the first time in person.

We did enjoy it enough that now we're going to pick up a couple more books to give to our friends who also have an interest in this period and place in history.
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Photos are excellent; history's very thorough.
If you can't make it to The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, or The Krakow home base, this is next best.

Translation from Polish could be more polished.
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