6th Apr. 2021 at 18:00 CET
In 2013, the English photographer Richard Schofield stumbled upon a collection of over 100 family photographs that had been smuggled out of the Kovno Ghetto by an unknown woman shortly before she was deported to Estonia and murdered during the closing months of the Nazi occupation of the Baltics between 1941 and 1944.
Determined to identity of the original owner of the photographs, Richard launched a social media campaign that caught the attention of a young historian in Vilnius, who against all the odds managed to solve the mystery. In this fascinating online presentation, Richard tells the story of the hunt for Anna Varšavskienė, a Berlin-trained singer from a distinguished family of Lithuanian Jews whose unique tale of photographic preservation has to date inspired a large exhibition in New York as well as the unearthing of four recordings of Anna singing in Kaunas in the 1930s, an ongoing memorial music project and an act of final closure for several surviving descendents of Anna’s family in Israel and the United States.
Registration by April 3rd
The program is organized by Paideia folkhögskola, Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, International Centre for Litvak Photography and in cooperation with Jewish Community in Stockholm. The program is supported by Kulturrådet.