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May 21 - Dec 31
"When he was in the Kraków ghetto he was still taking photos, and those photos were buried in Płaszów and discovered after the war, he hid them in a pickle jar, a glass pickle jar in Płaszów ... He remembered their names, he remembered if they survived the war, he remembered everything about them."
Born to a Polish Jewish family in Kraków in 1923, Richard Ores was a teenager when World War II broke out. As an avid amateur photographer, Richard documented the world around, capturing family and friends enjoying pre-war life. Smuggling in his camera and possession of photographs, Richard courageously continued to document, including in the Kraków Ghetto, creating symbolic proof of the existence of family and friends, most of whom were killed. In an act of perseverance and demonstrating great fortitude, he buried his photos in a jar while enslaved in the infamous Płaszów Concentration Camp. After the war, he unearthed the photos, providing a reminder of existence of his family and friends.
The original photos recovered from the jar will be displayed at Holocaust Museum LA for the first time in the United States following an exhibition at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland.
Join us to explore the layered relationships of Holocaust survivors and their families with their homelands: the universal story of a deep longing, despite trauma and pain, a testament to courage, hope, and belonging.