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Weʼre raising £5,000 to fund research, digitalisation & exhibition of prewar & Holocaust pictures from 2 Polish towns.These will be used to commemorate and educate.

Leeds, United Kingdom: Bedzin, Poland
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This project is run by The Cukerman's Gate Foundation from Bedzin.
We've recently come across an unseen collection of pre-war pictures from two neighbouring provincial Polish towns – Zarki and Myszkow – in the Upper Silesia region. Located in private collections, hundreds, if not thousands of pictures spanning several decades, supply the token presence of family life, forgotten people and coexisting Jewish and Gentile communities.

Following publication of a fraction of the collection of unseen photographs from Zarki, we are now working on further research and exhibition of the collection. More about the book here: http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/cms/news/5654,zarki-a-jewish-town-the-lost-photographs/

The pictures show both pre-war Jews and Gentiles ‘being there’, living together, momentarily caught in their staged or seemingly casual poses. We meet a happy family of three generations. A little girl wears what seem to be folk-inspired clothes. We gaze at the Jonish family joyfully trotting the streets of Zarki- a candid depiction of a happy moment. This world has been gone for more than 70 years but photography provides an opportunity to renew it.We would like to save this world for future generations to explore.

It is estimated both collections contain around 1000 photographs the majority of which are still on negatives. For over 70 years these have been stored in unsuitable conditions, for example, in the attic of a private property and in a garage. Therefore, we feel it is crucial to digitalise these materials in order to protect them from disintegration.
A significant part of the collection also depicts life in the Zarki ghetto.
Ultimately, we're planning to exhibit these pictures.

We need your help to catalogue, research and exhibit this unique collection. We are unlikely to receive major institutional support so now, more than ever, we are asking for your generosity. We've been promised 2 rooms that need complete refurbishment.

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  • Lucia Morawska

    Lucia Morawska

    a month ago

    Lucia Morawska

    Hello. Great news for our supporters and those interested in Zarki, Myszkow and Jewish heritage in the area. We will be going ahead with a permanent exhibition! We have now received a green light from the local council and are extremely excited. We'll be meeting with the mayor to discuss further details on 10th April so watch this space. Thank you for your support and please, keep giving.

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  • Lucia Morawska

    Lucia Morawska

    2 months ago

    Lucia Morawska

    Dear Burton, thank you for your support. Please get in touch with us. We would like to know your family story. You can either email me on morawsl@richmond.ac.uk or, get in touch with Karolina from Brama Cukermana (The Cukerma's Gate). Thank you! Lucia

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  • Lucia Morawska

    Lucia Morawska

    2 months ago

    Lucia Morawska

    Thank you very much to our fantastic donors. Your help and support are invaluable ! Some exciting updates coming soon. We will keep you posted. Again, a massive thank you and please keep spreading the news about us!

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  • Burton Fried

    Burton Fried

    Mar 1, 2017

    Looking forward to the publication of this book. My great grandfather and his family came from Zarki.


  • Debbie  Holinstat

    Debbie Holinstat

    Feb 15, 2017

    No words to express my gratitude for all you have ALREADY done to preserve the memory of Zarki's Jews, killed in the Holocaust... including members of my family. THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!


  • Marcin Piechula

    Marcin Piechula

    Feb 15, 2017

    I cross my fingers!


  • Anonymous


    Feb 14, 2017

    Success with your project!

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Lucia Morawska

Lucia Morawska

Leeds, United Kingdom: Bedzin, Poland

This project is run by a small group of volunteer researchers and heritage specialist associated with The Cukerman’s Gate Foundation from Bedzin in Poland. Its goal is to research, protect and educate about Jewish heritage in the Upper Silesia region of Poland.

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