The Cold Eye. Final Pictures of Jewish Families from the Tarnów Ghetto

May 13, 2022 – November 6, 2022

Collection of photographs found in the Natural History Museum Vienna labelled “Tarnów Jews 1942“ and historic anthropological measuring instruments

In late 1941, two Viennese scholars developed a project “to research typical Eastern European Jews.” The following March, using the “cold eye of science,” they took photographs of more than a hundred Jewish families – 565 men, women and children – in the German-occupied Polish city of Tarnów. Only 26 of these people were able to survive the Holocaust and recount what happened. One of the survivors is Steve Israeler, who is taken to Flossenbürg Concentration Camp in August 1944.

This exhibition documents the work carried out by the two scholars while also depicting the lives of Jews in Tarnów before 1939 and their murder under German occupation. This story is typical of how hundreds of Jewish communities were persecuted and destroyed in the parts of Poland under German rule and terror.

Topography of Terror Documentation Center, Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the National History Museum Vienna developed this exhibition in a joint project. It will be shown in Flossenbürg as a loan.

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May 13 – November 6, 2022

In the former prisoners' kitchen

Admission free