International award-winning photographer Chuck Fishman has been involved in Polish Jewish life for more than 40 years. His first monograph, Polish Jews: The Final Chapter, was published in 1977 in the United States. His photographs have appeared on the covers of Time, Life, Fortune, Newsweek, The London Sunday Times and The Economist. His work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; the United Nations; POLIN: The Museum of the History of Polish Jews; and The Studio Museum in Harlem. He has earned prestigious World Press Photo Foundation medals four times. We are thrilled and honored to be able to present each week one of Chuck’s iconic photos of Polish Jewish life.
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June 2019

Polish Jews 2014 “Shalom on Szeroka Street” – closing night concert for the 24th annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. July 5, 2014.

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Polish Jews 2014 “Shalom on Szeroka Street” – closing night concert for the 24th annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. July 5, 2014.2019-06-14T13:17:58+00:00

Polish Jews 1980 Cohanim blessing during Shabbat service in Warsaw Beit Midrash on Shavuoth. May 21, 1980.

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Polish Jews 1980 Cohanim blessing during Shabbat service in Warsaw Beit Midrash on Shavuoth. May 21, 1980.2019-06-06T18:13:11+00:00

May 2019

Polish Jews 1983 Artist Jonasz Stern (1904-1988) in his Krakow studio and flat. Surviving near death experiences during the Holocaust, he claimed that fate granted him a second life which he then committed to artistic issues including teaching and supporting artistic groups. Krakow, Poland. June 1983

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Polish Jews 1983 Artist Jonasz Stern (1904-1988) in his Krakow studio and flat. Surviving near death experiences during the Holocaust, he claimed that fate granted him a second life which he then committed to artistic issues including teaching and supporting artistic groups. Krakow, Poland. June 19832019-05-31T12:52:09+00:00

Pope John Paul II (in white, back to camera, lower right) at Auschwitz – Birkenau concentration camp, Poland, June 7, 1979

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Pope John Paul II (in white, back to camera, lower right) at Auschwitz – Birkenau concentration camp, Poland, June 7, 19792019-05-23T21:03:02+00:00

83-year-old Dr. Hieronim Krug, the oldest living advocate (lawyer) in Krakow, in the courtyard of the Remu Synagogue awaiting Friday night services. Like other Polish Jews, Krug survived the Holocaust by escaping east to Russia. June 1975.

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83-year-old Dr. Hieronim Krug, the oldest living advocate (lawyer) in Krakow, in the courtyard of the Remu Synagogue awaiting Friday night services. Like other Polish Jews, Krug survived the Holocaust by escaping east to Russia. June 1975.2019-05-10T04:12:37+00:00

Polish Jews 1979. Waiting for sunset and a minyan*, if possible, on Szeroka street in front of the Remu Synagogue. Krakow, Poland *a minimum of 10 Jewish men required for an orthodox service.

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Polish Jews 1979. Waiting for sunset and a minyan*, if possible, on Szeroka street in front of the Remu Synagogue. Krakow, Poland *a minimum of 10 Jewish men required for an orthodox service.2019-05-01T19:54:49+00:00

April 2019

Polish Jews 1979 Mera Abramzon with her father reading the Hagaddah at Passover Seder in Warsaw’s kosher kitchen.

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Polish Jews 1979 Mera Abramzon with her father reading the Hagaddah at Passover Seder in Warsaw’s kosher kitchen.2019-04-26T13:55:37+00:00

These two photographs were both made from the same place and on the same date with a time difference of 39 years. Photographs © Chuck Fishman.

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These two photographs were both made from the same place and on the same date with a time difference of 39 years. Photographs © Chuck Fishman.2019-04-16T19:05:41+00:00

Moshe Shapiro (l), leading children in prayers from the Hagaddah after Passover’s second night’s seder. The children are (l-r) Mera Abramzon, Gerard Funkowski, Jacob Abramzon. April 1979. Warsaw, Poland.

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Moshe Shapiro (l), leading children in prayers from the Hagaddah after Passover’s second night’s seder. The children are (l-r) Mera Abramzon, Gerard Funkowski, Jacob Abramzon. April 1979. Warsaw, Poland.2019-04-11T19:49:50+00:00

Little boy in the chorus of the Lauder-Morasher school waiting to sing at the Jewish community celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel held in Warsaw’s Nozyk Synagogue, April 18, 2018.

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Little boy in the chorus of the Lauder-Morasher school waiting to sing at the Jewish community celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel held in Warsaw’s Nozyk Synagogue, April 18, 2018.2019-04-06T01:07:36+00:00

March 2019

Researchers at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Scholarly works regarding Jewish culture and history are still being written here. Pictures on the wall are (l-t) Shalom Aleichem (writer), Isaac Peretz (writer), Dr. Meir Balaban (historian of Polish Jewry, died in the Warsaw ghetto, 1942), and Professor Ber Mark (historian and director of the institute until his death in 1966). The museum contains rare books, paintings, photographs and artifacts related to Poland’s 1000 year Jewish history. 1975.

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Researchers at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Scholarly works regarding Jewish culture and history are still being written here. Pictures on the wall are (l-t) Shalom Aleichem (writer), Isaac Peretz (writer), Dr. Meir Balaban (historian of Polish Jewry, died in the Warsaw ghetto, 1942), and Professor Ber Mark (historian and director of the institute until his death in 1966). The museum contains rare books, paintings, photographs and artifacts related to Poland’s 1000 year Jewish history. 1975.2019-03-29T15:03:28+00:00

“Boker Tov” Sunday brunch at JCC Warszawa. Elzbieta Siczek, center, seated and laughing with hands on head, sharing a joke with Piotr Klapec (left), and friends. Elzbieta didn’t know she was Jewish as her parents had never said. In 2002 she met a distant cousin who told her she was Jewish. She then understood things from her childhood like her mother baking challah, keeping garlic on the tablecloth and Saturday being special with (what she later learned) Ashkenazi cooking. “My life was like a puzzle. When I found out I was Jewish, the puzzle was full. I found my place in this world,” she said. Her youngest daughter was soon to go on Taglit. July 24, 2016.

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“Boker Tov” Sunday brunch at JCC Warszawa. Elzbieta Siczek, center, seated and laughing with hands on head, sharing a joke with Piotr Klapec (left), and friends. Elzbieta didn’t know she was Jewish as her parents had never said. In 2002 she met a distant cousin who told her she was Jewish. She then understood things from her childhood like her mother baking challah, keeping garlic on the tablecloth and Saturday being special with (what she later learned) Ashkenazi cooking. “My life was like a puzzle. When I found out I was Jewish, the puzzle was full. I found my place in this world,” she said. Her youngest daughter was soon to go on Taglit. July 24, 2016.2019-03-29T14:09:51+00:00

Polish Jews 1978 Chana Foglowa (Mrs. Abraham Fogel), the only woman at Shabbat services in the Remu Synagogue. Krakow, Poland Dec. 1978

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Polish Jews 1978 Chana Foglowa (Mrs. Abraham Fogel), the only woman at Shabbat services in the Remu Synagogue. Krakow, Poland Dec. 19782019-03-13T21:28:11+00:00

February 2019

Sam Willenberg (1923-2016) being assisted by his wife Ada. Sam was the last survivor of the Treblinka uprising.

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Sam Willenberg (1923-2016) being assisted by his wife Ada. Sam was the last survivor of the Treblinka uprising.2019-02-01T00:10:02+00:00

January 2019