Traces of Memory:

A Contemporary Look at the Jewish Past in Poland

August 5, 2014 - November 26, 2014

Embarking on what would become a twelve year venture, the late Chris Schwarz and Professor Jonathan Webber created a photographic exhibition that offers a completely new way of looking at Poland’s destroyed Jewish past. Piecing together pictures of visible relics of Jewish life and culture in Polish Galicia, the exhibition interprets these traces in a thought-provoking and accessible manner.

Traces of Memory takes visitors on a vivid pictorial tour of Jewish life in Poland by breaking down the Jewish experience. Visitors delve into the past in sections such as Jewish Culture as it Once Was and Sites of Massacre and Destruction before propelling into the present day in sections detailing How the Past is Being Remembered, how People are Making Memory Today, and examining Jewish Life in Ruins.

This exhibit is made possible by the Galicja Museum in partnership with the Polish Mission, with Honoary Patronage of the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and is sponsored by the Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Michigan (CHAIM), Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University Jewish Studies, and the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive.