The Szczuczyn exhibit, "Lives
A Shtetl Through a Photographer's Eye" opened March 9, 2005 in
New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Newcomb Art Gallery on the campus of
Tulane University. It will run until June 5, 2005. Next stop on the
tour will be the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas, in the Fall of
(founded in 1834) is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its Jewish
Studies Program, and many lectures and programs have been planned in
conjunction with the exhibit. One of the speakers will be Jan Gross,
author of "Neighbors," the best selling book about the Jedwabne and
Radzilow killings in 1941. In addition, many classes and groups from
schools and organizations in the New Orleans area will tour the
exhibit. There are almost 200 pictures in the exhibit and many family
stories are featured in the captions. The Polish Ambassador in
Washington sent the Polish Consul General for the middle USA from
Chicago to attend the opening.
Over 85% of
today's Jews are descended from families in small towns like
Szczuczyn. This exhibit will show a new generation of people in Poland
a realistic look at Jewish life in these towns prior to the Holocaust.
And, I hope, it will help teach them about tolerance and put names and
faces on the victim of the Holocaust. For all of us, it is a memorial
to our ancestors who were part of life in Szczuczyn for over 300
years. The pictures cover the years 1895 to 1939.
(Zalman Kaplan's grandson)