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Silent Places (Paperback)

Jeff Gusky

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-516-6
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Introduction by Judith Miller

An indelibly moving collection of photographic images; their melancholy beauty and emotional depth provide a glimpse into the past and into eternity

Jeff Gusky, a doctor of emergency medicine, decided at the age of 42 that he wanted to better confront the reality of modern Jewish history. A self-taught photographer who subsequently learned to make museum quality prints, he "bought a good, journalist-type camera and some lenses" and traveled to Poland-once the home of the largest concentration of Diaspora Jews." He read the instruction manuals on the plane en route.

Four trips later, accompanied each time by a top Polish guide, he traveled through the country, beyond the city ghettos and the sites of concentration camps, into remote villages where Jews had lived and worked for almost 1,000 years before the Holocaust capturing on film the austere landscapes and the remains of a once thriving Jewish culture.

The silence is deafening: here are Jewish cemeteries full of broken gravestones, ruined synagogues filled with trash and disfigured with graffiti, a Jewish home now used as a public toilet "where people lived, walked, worshipped, and were, ultimately, exterminated," says Gusky. The doleful, understated clarity of what he saw and photographed capture a poignant sense of loss-making at the same time, an indelible connection to the past.

Jeff Gusky's photographs have been exhibited at the Fleming Museum of Burlington, Vermont, the University of Texas at Dallas, and at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Dr. Jeff Gusky is a doctor of emergency medicine living in Dallas. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he attended Washington State University and received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. His ancestors came to America from "somewhere in Russia," generations ago and settled in Pittsburgh.

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