Centropa Project spent 7 years interviewing oldest Jews still living in Poland . They digitized 22,000 privately-held photographs and documents and constructed 100 six-foot banners telling theirs stories, and they are currently on display at the Albert And Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (OFJCC) on Fabian Way in Palo Alto.
Jewish Witness To A Polish Century is an exhibit that depicts a timeline of Jewish history from 1500 to present. Witness the holocaust (or Ha Shoah) accounts when more than 3 million Polish Jews were murdered. As you glance, one by one, at the accounts of the survivors, and read their stories, you will learn about their daily lives, their loved ones, and how they lived. The pictures tell of Anna Lansta’s vacations at a farmhouse, Gustawa Birencwajg’s classmates at his school, or Alfred Borowicz’s memories of cleaning up ruins of Warsaw. Learn what became of Daniel Betram, now one of the oldest members of Remun Synagogue in Cracow or Nachman Elencwagy, a tailor in a factory.
The “Pictures and Stories from the Centropa Interviews in Poland 2001-2008” is underwritten by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and runs until November 29 . The Centropa Project has interviewed almost 1300 Jews living in Central and Eastern Europe. Centropa (which stands for Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation) is a non-profit NGO that uses advanced technologies to preserve Jewish memory in Central and Eastern Europe, and then uses those same technologies to disseminate their findings in creative and innovative ways . Watch their short biographical films and family pictures and access an interactive database of Jewish memory. Using 21st century technology, connect to the 20th century Jewish history this month at the OFJCC .