THE MUSEUM OF FAMILY HISTORY presents
*The Young Men and Women of our Towns*
|The idea that we may be able
to identify many of the Jewish youth who were born and lived in the many
towns and cities of pre-war Eastern Europe is an intriguing but daunting
task. Many of those who once populated these centers of Jewish life
managed to emigrate before World War II, to countries such as the United
States, Canada, Israel (then Palestine) and those in Latin America. Others
remained in Eastern Europe, only to perish in the Holocaust. Many of them
are remembered in the Pages of Testimony at Yad Vashem, or in Yizkor
books, or perhaps by a single photograph once taken back home, relegated
to their place in a family photo album. Countless others were killed along
with their only family members by the Nazis and their collaborators,
destined to obscurity. Or maybe not?
The hope of this exhibition is to present the faces of many of these young men and women and identify them. Many of these photographs are individual portraits; others have been cropped from group photographs. New pages will be exhibited when there are substantial numbers of portraits to be exhibited for a specific town. Whomever may be fairly certain of the identity of any of these men and women whose portraits are exhibited or know of their fate, please contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org . I will post their name on the page where their photo is displayed and put you in contact with the holder of that particular photograph if possible. Please identify the photo by town association, photo number (under each photo) and by their sex.
These many youths were so much of the future of the Jewish people. Many
have already or will continue to make their own unique contribution to the
world; others never had the chance, their lives shortened, caught in the
web of the Nazi machine. Please help identify these young men and women,
so that we may, in our own way, honor and perpetuate their memory.
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