Friday, September 5, 2014

#photography Anne Frank Center presents: "Fragments" Post-War Photography of @YaleStrom, starts Sept 10

The Anne Frank Center is proud to present:
Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe–1981 to 2007
The Post-War Photography of Yale Strom
September 10–November 28, 2014

Havdalah in Budapest, Hungary, 1985.
By Yale Strom.

Two events will be held
as part of the exhibit:
Thursday, October 7
from 6:30-8:30pm

Carpati: 50 Miles, 50 Years
A Film by Yale Strom about the remaining Jewish community living in a small town in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine.
Thursday, October 16
from 6:30-8:30pm

Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi
A performance by Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz, Peter Stan, and Norbert Stachel of music from Eastern Europe that combines klezmer with Roma, jazz, classical, Balkan and Sephardic motifs.
$8 adults; $5 students & seniors
(65 and over)
Space limited. Reservations required.
212-431-7993 or email

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 6:00–8:00pm
The reception is free of charge and open to the public
Few events in recent history have been as momentous and consequential as the fall of the Berlin Wall. This autumn, which marks the 25th anniversary of this event, The Anne Frank Center USA is proud to host Fragments: Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe 1981-2007 by photographer and musician Yale Strom.
Fragments is an exhibit of 36 photographs and sheet music that explore the Post-War traditions of Central and Eastern Europe’s remaining Jewish communities. The project began over thirty years ago, when Strom visited Eastern Europe and saw Jews living in small towns and villages reminiscent of the pre-War “shtetl” made famous by Chagalls paintings and Roman Vishniacs iconic photographs. In these communities, he found the remnants of orthodox or Hasidic worlds, alongside Jews who were still devoted communists and some who just wanted better lives for their children and grandchildren.
Today, some of these locations do not have a single Jew living in them. And yet in larger towns, Jewish life and culture thrives. Where there was once barely a minyan in Warsaw, there are now several. Where once there was one respected Jewish Day School in Budapest, there are now several with both Jewish and non- Jewish students. And where once Jewish music could only be heard in a Jewish club in Krakow, now there is an international Jewish musical festival that attracts people from all over the globe.
It is this world—vibrant, varied, and ever-changing—that Strom captures in Fragments. The exhibit focuses on nine countries—Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, East Germany, the former Soviet Union (Moldova and Ukraine today), the former Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Belarus, and the Ukraine (after the Wall came down)—and depicts images from both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A musician, Strom also pays special attention to the role of klezmer music, with several photographs dedicated to the subject. Original sheet music—“lost” melodies the artist learned on his journeys—will also be displayed alongside the photographs.
For more information (212) 431-7993 or email
$8 adults; $5 students & seniors (65 and over);
Free for children 8 and under
Exhibition is free with admission.

This exhibit is made possible by The New York Department of Cultural Affairs,
The Puffin Foundation, and The Anne Frank Center USA, and is sponsored by
The Hungarian Consulate and the Polish Cultural Institute.

About The Anne Frank Center USA
The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner organization of the Anne Frank House, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities about the consequences of intolerance, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on mutual respect.

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