By Ray Beckerman
Man's inhumanity to man and other living things threatens the whole human experiment. Let's fight it, and try to build a future.
Friday, September 5, 2014
#photography Anne Frank Center presents: "Fragments" Post-War Photography of @YaleStrom, starts Sept 10
The Anne Frank Center is proud
Fragments: Jewish Life in Central and
Eastern Europe–1981 to 2007
The Post-War Photography of Yale Strom
10–November 28, 2014
Havdalah in Budapest, Hungary, 1985.
By Yale Strom.
will be held
as part of the exhibit:
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.
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
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.
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 Chagall’s paintings
and Roman Vishniac’s 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.
adults; $5 students & seniors (65 and over); Free for children 8
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.
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.