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HET to present their Exhibition Traces of Memory in City Hall in October

Holocaust Education Trust and Limerick City and County Council in association with Galicia Jewish Museum invites the people of Limerick to view the Traces of Memory exhibition in City Hall from October 5 until October 24. Traces of Memory: A contemporary look at the Jewish past in Poland is a beautiful photographic exhibition on loan from the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow.

The Traces of Memory exhibition features photographs by the late British photojournalist Chris Schwarz and research and texts by Prof. Jonathan Webber (UNESCO Chair of Jewish and Interfaith Studies, University of Birmingham, UK). Over a period of twelve years, they worked together to gather material that offers a completely new way of looking at the Jewish past that was destroyed in Poland. The exhibition pieces together a picture of the relics of Jewish life and culture in Polish Galicia that can still be seen today, interpreting these traces in a manner which is informative, accessible, and thought-provoking.

The Traces of Memory exhibition pieces together a picture of the remnants of Jewish life and culture in Polish Galicia that can still be seen today. Through photographic images, Traces of Memory explores Jewish presence in Poland over the past number of centuries. It prompts us to look behind the ruined synagogue, derelict cemetery, or one remaining headstone and ask important questions; How many people worshipped here? How long did they live in this region? Where did they come from? What happened to them? The answers to these questions help us to learn from the past. They prompt us to consider the lives and fates of the people of a minority community during both peace and war, which can reveal important insights into current challenges.

HET’s mission is to educate and inform people about the Holocaust and by doing so, raise awareness of anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and intolerance in Ireland. In order to fully appreciate what was lost during the Holocaust, we must have an understanding of European Jewish life and culture before the war, Traces of Memory, gives the viewer a glimpse into the pre-war Jewish life in this region of Poland and the remnants left behind.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.