“Remembrance and Oblivion” Photo Exhibition Opened in the City of Bochum

Olena Petrenko’s students of Bochum University – Nina, Judith, Patrik, Sebastian, Bea and Thorben – organised a wonderful exhibition opening with a selection of my photos at Kunsthallen Rottstraße 5 in Bochum last night. Thank you all for keeping the memory of Jewish Eastern Europe alive!

Continue reading

Vanished World 2018 Calendar For Free Download

December is coming closer and with all its holidays it’s for many of us a time of gifts. I would like to give a present to all who accompanied my trips through Eastern Europe’s Jewish past and present – either in person or by following my experiences through the Vanished World blog or social media. A calendar for 2018 with some of my photos is available now for free download, consisting of photos from Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine, Moldova and Poland. You may produce it on your own printer or at an on-line shop of your choice. Enjoy and have a great 2018!

Continue reading

Working on a new Book

Because I have not published anything on Vanished World since July, there were already worried inquiries whether I’m fine. Yes, I’m fine and I’m working on a new photo book on Eastern Europe’s remaining Jewish heritage – mainly consisting of images from Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Poland. The result of countless trips. Have a first look in!

Continue reading

Five Days in Galicia in Black and White

It was a short trip of only five days in April when my friends Marla, Jay, Vasyl, Alex and I traveled in Lviv and Ternopil region in Galicia, Ukraine. An intense trip to explore what is left of the Jewish heritage. As always I had two cameras with me – a digital one for colour photographs and an analogue one for black and white. Analogue photography is a slow business, but finally here is now a selection of what I got: synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in the towns of Berezhany, Budaniv, Drohobych, Husiatyn, Korolivka, Monastyryska, Pidhaitsi and Sataniv.

Continue reading

“The Search for Traces” on Exhibit in Berlin

Since May 7, Stillpoint Spaces in Berlin’s district Neukölln hosts an exhibition of my analogue black and white photos. They document Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Poland. The exhibition will be accessible until end of July. If you are around, come in!

Continue reading

Between Berlin and Rozdil

I traveled in Ukraine in December, visited Berlin’s Weißensee Jewish cemetery in January, have been to Warsaw and its neighbouring towns of Karczew and Otwock in February. Finally, I had time to edit some of the analogue black and whites from these trips. Here they are…

Continue reading

“Present, Absent – Jewish Heritage in Eastern Europe” Photo Exhibition Opened in Berlin

So far, I exclusively exhibited black and white photos. For the first time, the show in Auferstehungskirche in Berlin’s district Friedrichshain assembles some of my colour photos. Places do not only have a past, they also have a present. Colour photography may express this better.

Continue reading

Some Summer Black and Whites

After working a lot on my colour photos I finally found time to return to the analogue black and whites. Here is a selection of images I took in August during the trip to Ukraine and Moldova. Represented are Jewish cemeteries in Chişinău (Kishinev), Orhei and Vadul-Raşcov (Vadul Rashkov) in Bessarabia/Moldova, cemeteries in Rîbniţa (Rybnitsa) and Raşcov (Rashkov) in the break away “state” of Transnistria, as well as the former synagogue of Sniatyn in Galicia, Ukraine.

Continue reading

Vanished World 2017 Calendar For Free Download

Hanukkah and Christmas are coming closer – a time of gifts in which I would like to give a present to all who accompanied my trips through Eastern Europe’s Jewish past and present. A calendar for 2017 with some of my photos is out now for free download. You may produce it on your own printer or at an on-line store of your choice. The calendar consits of photos from Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine, Moldova, Poland and Romania. Enjoy and have a great 2017!

Continue reading

Vadul-Raşcov Jewish cemetery: Little is known, all is visible

Vadul-Raşcov (Vadul-Rashkov) in Bessarabia is one of the most impressive Jewish cemeteries I have ever seen. There are a few hundred, if not a few thousand gravestones, located on a hill sloping to the banks of river Dniester. This is borderland – in many aspects.

Continue reading