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Lives Remembered: Photographs of a Small Town in Poland 1897-1939

By Michael H. Marvins

"Lives Remembered: Photographs of a Small Town in Poland 1897-1939" illustrates Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust through reproductions of more than 100 photographs of the small town of Szczuczyn, Poland.

These photographs capture the ordinary lives of the residents during the years leading up to the Nazi invasion. These photographs were taken by Zalman Kaplan in Szczuczyn, where he established a business as the local photographer.

Kaplan’s grandson, Michael Marvins, spent years collecting photographs by his grandfather from the descendants of the families that lived in Szczuczyn.

The photographs reveal another side of the small Polish town contrary to the often associated images of Orthodox Jews. They show a rich and diverse way of life that was not so different from our own today. This exhibit puts faces on the millions of men, women and children who perished in the Holocaust. The photographs are of ordinary people leading common lives. The exhibit shows what can happen to everyday people when hate and intolerance are allowed to flourish.

This glimpse into life before the war shows the people of Szczuczyn as similar to many around the world — enjoying life, advancements in technology and living free of labels or hate. Upon close examination, one must wonder, were their lives so different from our own?

This exhibition is generously underwritten by Kempner Capital Management, Inc.; The Wortham Foundation, Inc.; BP America; Bridgeway Foundation; Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches; The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund; and Marathon Oil Corporation, with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

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Angelo State University, 2601 W Ave N, San Angelo, Texas 76909. For more information, call 325-942-2164 or visit www.angelo.edu 3/29/2010 4/19/2010
National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. For more information, call 504-527-6012 or visit www.ddaymuseum.org. 9/1/2008 1/30/2009
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, 10317 Sweet Fennel Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135. For more information, visit www.iajgs.org. 7/15/2007 7/20/2007
Beth Tzedec Reuben & Helene Dennis Museum, 1700 Bathurst St., Toronto, Canada, M5P 3K3. For more information, call 416-781-3514 or visit www.beth-tzedec.org 3/19/2007 6/22/2007
Close-up of school children banner and religious photos.
Close-up of school children banner and religious photos.
Historical facts about Szczuczyn, Poland and introduction banner.
Historical facts about Szczuczyn, Poland and introduction banner. Historical facts about Szczuczyn, Poland and introduction banner.
Left side of gallery displaying photos and banners about life in Szczuczyn, as shown at Holocaust Museum Houston.
Left side of gallery displaying photos and banners about life in Szczuczyn, as shown at Holocaust Museum Houston.
Lives Remembered Guidelines & Application
 
Click on the links below to view and print the guidelines for our traveling exhibits, the application to host an exhibition and the required facility report.

Content:
  • Panels of photographic reproductions of the town of Szczuczyn, Poland and its residents with labels
  • 4 banners, including title banner
  • Text panels

  • Included with this exhibit:
  • Invitation template
  • Press release template
  • Vinyl title wall template
  • Docent materials
  • Educational curriculum

  • Available for purchase: "Lives Remembered: A Shtetl Through a Photographer's Eye," available through Museum of Jewish Heritage, 646-437-4200.

    Space requirement: 180 linear feet

    Fees: $500 for the first month, $250 for each additional month. Borrower bears all fees.

    Shipping: Holocaust Museum Houston is responsible for shipping arrangements. Borrower bears all shipping costs.

    Contact: Traveling Exhibits Coordinator at 713-942-8000 or travelingexhibits@hmh.org

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