Museum of Family History October 2009 Update for Poland Researchers #poland

Steven Lasky <steve725@...>


Here's what's new for those of you who are interested in Poland:

Screening Room: You can now see a video clip/preview >from the documentary
entitled "The Peretzniks (Perecowicze)": The film tells the story of a
Jewish school in Lodz, Poland. The school was closed down following the
Communist anti-Semitic campaign, which took place in Poland in 1968. As a
result of this, the Peretz School graduates are dispersed today between the
US, Israel, Sweden, Poland, and other countries. The bittersweet memories of
their youth in post-war Poland are what bind the Peretzniks together till
this day. Turn on your speakers and go to

--Photographic Studios of Europe: There's an important website (in Polish
and German) where you can find lots of information on hundreds of
photographers and photographic studios that once existed in pre-World War I
Europe. This might help you identify the names of studios on any pre-WWI
studio family photos that you possess. To learn more, visit There are plenty of studio
photographers listed there >from towns that are in current day Poland,
although there is no way to search by country, just by photographer name.

The Museum of Family History made a special appearance in Bialystok, Poland
on September 4, 2009. At this time an exhibition opened, the first in a
series entitled "Prominent Artists--Our Neighbors. Max Weber." Max Weber was
a well-known Jewish artist (born in Bialystok) who studied under Henris
Matisse and Rousseau, who painted in a variety of styles, who at times
painted wonderful works with a variety Jewish themes, usually religious.
Currently, the English version of the Max Weber exhibition (entitled "Max
Weber: Reflections of Jewish Memory in Modern American Art") can be found at . The Polish language version of
the exhibition can be found at

Please visit my blog, or better yet sign up to receive my blog updates by
email or RSS feed, so you will learn first about new exhibitions at the
Museum, sometimes a month before my monthly announcements to this group.

Last but certainly not least, I would like to publicly thank Schelly Talalay
Dardashti of the wonderful Tracing the Tribe blog
( for creating a blog for me at the
Philadelphia IAJGS conference. She's always been a friend to the Museum of
Family History, and I am very grateful for her support.

Steven Lasky
New York

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