The Szczuczyn exhibit, "Lives Remembered - A Shtetl
Through a Photographer's Eye" opened June 7, 2004 in Warsaw at the
museum of The Jewish Historical Institute (Zydowski Instytut
Historyczny). It was a huge success, and is now touring throughout
Poland. In 2005 it will be shown in
New Orleans and Houston.
There were 150 pictures chosen by the Institute for
the display - over double the size of the exhibit in New York.
During its three month run it was featured in the press and prime
time television. I am now talking to the Institute about donating
the exhibit to them so they can tour it to other places in Poland
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)