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                                         Centropa: The Story of Europe's Jewish Heritage
                                         Researchers Gather Stories, Photos for Centropa Project

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                                                                          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

                                           "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
                                                                    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."

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