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 Jewish Book Council’s editorial director. She received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. A Philadelphia native, Becca spent a year in Estonia on a Fulbright scholarship, then lived in England and Germany before moving to New York. She is currently working on her first novel.