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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best guide to places of Jewish interest in Polish Galicia. We'll test the book as we visit the sitesPublished 12 months ago by filip de sutter