A joint exhibition of the Topography of Terror Foundation, the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and Natural
History Museum Vienna.
In late 1941, two Viennese scholars developed a project “to research typical Eastern European Jews.” The following March,
using the “cold eye of science,” they took photographs of more than a hundred Jewish families – 565 men, women and children
– in the German-occupied Polish city of Tarnów. Only 26 of these people were able to survive the Holocaust and recount what
happened. Pictures and brief biographies of those murdered have been preserved.
This exhibition documents the work carried out by the two scholars while also depicting the lives of Jews in Tarnów before
1939 and their murder under German occupation. This story is typical of how hundreds of Jewish communities were persecuted
and destroyed in the parts of Poland under German rule and terror.
Opening via Livestream on October 20, 2020, 7 p.m.