The images below were taken in Ukraine in 2018 and form part of the In Search of Amnesia project looking into the Jewish narrative in South East Poland and North West Ukraine, the former region of Galicia. This project is concerned with memory, how we both remember the past and how it is also inevitably forgotten through collective amnesia. Specifically it is concerned with how Jewish memory is held within places that suffered atrocity and immense loss.
Andriy with blue aeroplane ~ outside the maternity hospital, Lviv. This was formerly the Jewish hospital and continued to function as a general hospital during and after war years. Andriy is standing in the grounds of the former Jewish cemetery.
Market on grounds of former Jewish Cemetery, behind the Maternity Hospital, Lviv.
Boy and girl tending cows. They are sat in the Jewish Cemetery, Busk. There is no fence around the cemetery and people and cattle can wander and graze freely.
Jewish Cemetery, Brody. The extensive cemetery, with its incongruously tall headstones, remains largely intact.
Dmitro, local historian, Sataniv ~ holding a Jewish roof tile manufactured in the 1920′s
Vova, Brody. Vova has been renovating the former bank and the property next door, which was formerly a Jewish sweet shop. Vova has also been involved with conservation work on the ruin of the Jewish Synagogue, pulling weeds and saplings out of the brickwork, and helped to return Matzevah that were piled in the town square to the Jewish cemetery.
Apartment to the rear of the Synagogue at Busk. The synagogue has now been converted into an Evangelical Prayer House.
Advertising for former Jewish Hat Shop, Lviv
The basement of the Old Synagogue in Chortkiv.
Interior of the Old Synagogue, Chortkiv, now used for storage.
New Synagogue, Chortkiv
Renovated Synagogue, Sataniv
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Sataniv Synagogue ~ Professor of Jewish History & author of ‘The Golden Age of the Shtetl’
Val Vihula Shul, Lviv
Val Vihula Shul, interior
Former Jewish home, in former Shtetl, Chortkiv
Yeshiva ruins, Lviv
Gymnasia (Jewish School), Brody. The school is now a general high school.
Hospital, opposite Old Synagogue, Chortkiv
Bohdan, waiter, At The Golden Rose Restaurant, Lviv – a jewish themed restaurant.
Fake Rabbi Tour, Lviv
Pharmacy, Chortkiv, where Marta Goren Vinter’s mother worked. During the Nazi occupation of the city Marta’s mother was allowed to leave the Jewish ghetto to work in the pharmacy. She was thus able to smuggle Marta out & hide her with neighbours. Marta was raised as a Catholic, survived the war and currently lives in Israel.
Coffee shop, Lviv – formerly a Jewish Taylors.
Relics of the Jewish World of Galicia, State Museum of Ethnography & Artistic Crafts, Lviv. This collection of Jewish relics was previously stored at the Lviv Jewish Museum; however the Jewish Museum was liquidated by the communists in 1940 and its contents moved to other museums in Lviv, where they were stored and hidden from communists and Nazis, both of whom had plans to destroy them.