Among thousands of viewed photographs, Leszek Dulik has chosen several hundreds and  Konrad Zieliński has written historic and cultural background for them. The works have been made by renown and outstanding photographers and by those whose names remain unknown. The authors were striving for providing the photos with precise descriptions and, where possible, gave the names of captured individuals. It is important not to leave them unnamed.

They show large cities and small towns, where the majorities of citizens were often Jews. In these societies, like among Jewish inhabitants of villages, traditional forms of lives survived for unchanged for centuries, carefully maintained. The pictures show also assimilated Jews, who were brought up in Polish schools and strongly bound to Polish history, culture and language. In the photographs they appear in their non-Jewish friends’, colleagues’ and workmates’ company. Living in Poland and working for it, conscious of bonds joining them  with their own nation and its fates, they often lived on the border of two worlds.

Among the captured individuals there may be found both ordinary and outstanding people; the rich and the poor. They may be looked into eyes, into their appartments, observed during their work and seen experiencing happiness and sadness. The pictures were taken shortly before the tragedy – the characters do not know yet that the world they live in is to be destroyed soon.

The exhibition has been organized by The National Museum in Szczecin in the cooperation with Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw (the owner of the exhibition). The event is accompanied by an album entitled “The Lost World. Polish Jews. Photographs of Years 1918–1939” by Leszek Dulik and Konrad Zieliński published by Jewish Historical Institute and Boni LIbri Publishing. 

After the vernissage there will be held the following lectures:

Memory and Photography
Leszek Dulik

Lost Worlds
Konrad Zieliński

“Jewish Photography” of the Interwar Period. Between a Document and an Artistic Photograph
Teresa Śmiechowska


Curators: Beata Małgorzata Wolska, Leszek Dulik, Konrad Zieliński
Organizers: The National Museum in Szczecin
Co-Organizer: Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

The National Museum in Szczecin – The Museum of Regional Traditions (27 Staromłyńska St.)
March 25th 2017 | Saturday | 5.00 P.M.
Entrance information: Free of charge