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Chuck Fishman: Capturing Polish Jewry
In 1975, the young student & photographer Chuck Fishman visited Poland for the very first time. The photographs he took, which were later published in the book 'Polish Jews: The Final Chapter', captured the Polish Jewish life that remained in Poland after the devastating losses of the Holocaust. Poland, which once had one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, was now left with but a few survivors.
Fishman returned to Poland many times in the 1970s and 1980s, determined to capture the final chapter in the history of Polish Jewry. He took photographs in Kraków, Wrocław and Warsaw, but also in Lublin, Łódź and Przemyśl, where only a handful still cultivated their Jewishness. Polish Jewry was lost. Or so everyone thought.
Upon returning to Poland in the 2010s, Fishman discovered that the story was not over. He returned to find small Jewish communities around the country flourishing – his pictures feature involved, young, laughing Polish Jews belonging to the third and fourth generations of Holocaust survivors.
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