Posted by Becca Kantor
Last Folio: A Photographic Memory offers a haunting glimpse into the traces of vanished Jewish life in Slovakia, the first country to instate Nazi Germany’s anti-Jewish regulations. These photographs by Yuri Dojc — whose own grandfather was one of the many Slovakian Jews deported to concentration camps — capture abandoned Jewish books, schoolrooms , synagogues, and cemeteries in poignant detail, attesting to both the richness of this heritage and its disintegration during the Holocaust.
The images in Last Folio are on display at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (the Berlin State Library) until August 1, and will be shown at Tufts University in Medford, MA from September 10-December 6. You can also get a taste of Dojc’s beautiful photographs below:
- Through Soviet-Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust by David Shneer
- Beautiful Synagogue Photography
- The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography edited by Susan Shevlowe
Becca Kantor is the editorial director of Jewish Book Council and its annual print literary journal, Paper Brigade. She received an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Becca spent a year in Estonia on a Fulbright scholarship, writing and studying the country’s Jewish history, and another year in Germany volunteering at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. She lives in Brooklyn.