CentropaThe Story of Europe's Jewish Heritage by student19

VIEWS: 8 PAGES: 1

									NPR : Centropa: The Story of Europe's Jewish Heritage                                                                                           6/30/03 3:02 PM


    Visit our text-only page
                                            NPR Programming                                                           Enter Keywords                 Help

                                           news         audio archives   transcripts   discussions   find a station    shop   about npr   contact npr

    find your local
    member station:
    Call Letters
    (or enter zip code)
                                         Centropa: The Story of Europe's Jewish Heritage
                                         Researchers Gather Stories, Photos for Centropa Project

     NPR Audio Online
                                               Listen to Morning Edition audio
     NPR Hourly News
     RealAudio
     Windows Media                             Photos, Stories from the Centropa Collection
                                                                                                                               latest show
     NPR Program
     Stream                                                                                                                    previous shows
     RealAudio
     Windows Media                                                        Jan. 28, 2003 -- Before World War II,                radio expeditions

     All Things Considered                                                15 million Jews lived in Eastern Europe.
                                                                                                                               talking plants
                                                                          Most of their stories were lost through
     Morning Edition                                                      war and migration. But now, a group of               about morning edition

     Talk of the Nation
                                                                          researchers from many nations is
                                                                                                                               where to hear
                                                                          compiling the largest regional online
     Download Players
     Audio Help
                                                                          archive of Jewish life, past and present.            morning@npr.org


                                                                          NPR's Guy Raz recently visited the
                                           Detail from photo of a         Vienna, Austria headquarters of the
                                           Jewish wedding in Riga,        Centropa project, where the photos and
                                           Latvia, 1958.
                                           Credit: Centropa
                                                                          personal accounts of Jews still living in
                                           Organization                   Europe are put into an electronic
                                                                          archive.

                                           "It's not a Holocaust          Researchers from cities in Vienna,
                                           project. It's about            Moscow, Belgrade, Riga and regions all
                                           normal life -- the             over Eastern and Central Europe search
                                           person who was the             for a new story to add to the archive.
                                           local scoundrel, the           They are finding elderly Jews, and
                                           beauty that all the            chronicling their lives -- not as victims of
                                           young men wanted               the Holocaust, but how they lived. The
                                           to marry. There is             researchers ask about their rituals,
                                           real history in                jobs, family life, marraige and the
                                           between the lines.             everyday things that took place in
                                           There is real history          Jewish neighborhoods.
                                           in between the
                                           great events."           Under the guidance of renowned
                                                                    photographer Edward Serotta, the
                                          Photographer Edward
                                          Serotta
                                                                    Centropa Organization’s "Witness to a
                                                                    Jewish Century" project will eventually
                                                                    include an online, searchable database
                                         of more than 70,000 photos and personal accounts of life in the
                                         old country. Currently, vistors to the site can search names,
                                         places, years -- even professions.

                                         "It's not a Holocaust project," Serotta says. "It's about normal life
                                         -- the person who was the local scoundrel, the beauty that all the
                                         young men wanted to marry.

                                         "There is real history in between the lines," he says. "There is
                                         real history in between the great events, and these people who
                                         have been deprived of even speaking about these things are the
                                         ones who are clogging the doorways of our offices."



http://www.npr.org/display_pages/features/feature_942309.html                                                                                        Page 1 of 2

								
To top