"Last Folio" exhibit is artists' act of remembrance

Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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By Ellen Freilich

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - As Holocaust survivors age and die, their children pick up the torch of remembrance.

Photographer Yuri Dojc and filmmaker Katya Krausova, both born to Holocaust survivors after the war, traveled from their respective homes in Toronto and London, to their parents' native country, Slovakia, to document what was left of a once vibrant Jewish community.

The photographs from those trips, seen first in the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava, form the exhibit "Last Folio" at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, which will run until August 9.

Born of filial duty and journalistic interest, the artists' trip developed into one of compelling discovery and intimacy.

"It became an artistic journey, a philosophical journey, an emotional journey, a journey of cultural memory," Krausova told Reuters.

Neither artist intended to search for family.

"I was just following a photographer," Krausova added.

Yet serendipity was their constant companion.   Continued...

<p>A book from the Bardejov School. REUTERS/Yuri Dojc/Handout</p>