We just found out that The Memory Project exhibit, film and educational programs will open next week in Skarzysko-Kamienna, which is where Anna met the Jack Jacobs, the man she would marry after the war. It’s where Jack’s brother Morris and his father Shmul were also imprisoned making ammunition for the German army. Toward the end of the war they were moved to another forced labor camp in Czestochowa where they were reunited with another brother, Henry. They were liberated by the Russian army from there (except for grandfather Shmul who was forced on a death march to Germany and interned in concentration camps Dora and Buchenwald). Shmul’s motivation to survive the last months of brutality was to live to see his three sons again, which he did. The Jacobs men have given us a tremendous legacy of strength, intelligence compassion and courage. After liberation, Anna and Jack found each other and married.
It is particularly moving to us that our work telling our family story is being respected and honored in those places where it happened and that people are learning the history as seen through our eyes. They are participating in workshops where they do portraits and learn the stories of Jewish people, survivors and those murdered by the Nazis and they share the art and stories in the workshops.