y interest in the Holocaust dates back to my childhood in the 1950s in a Jewish neighborhood in suburban New York. The war was still fresh in my parentsí minds. My grandparents, immigrants from Eastern Europe, would go ballistic whenever talk would turn to Hitler and the Germans. My grandfather was unable to find out exactly what happened to his family, but they did not survive the war. I have spent the past two years engaged in my project with Holocaust survivors. Following an interview, I photographed them. I try to find elements in their stories that can be expressed visually in the portrait. I am fully aware that no one who did not directly experience the Holocaust can truly understand the depths of horror that Jews in Europe experienced at the hands of the Nazis. Nevertheless, it is my hope that by providing a face with an accompanying story of great power, an audience can empathize with the survivors.

 

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