Elana Schwadron Minkow


Elana Schwadron-Minkow (Israel)

Title: Those I Never Knew, 2012, 10:00
realised by Doron Polak/Artists Museum/Israel
edited by Eran Gil

I have lived most of my life ignorant of the fact that some of my relatives died in the Holocaust.
Approximately ten years ago we asked my uncle (my father’s brother) to tell us about the family. He told us descriptively about the life they led as children of immigrants growing up in a Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx, New York.
He told us in a very vivid manner about their childhood, playing games in the street with children of Jewish and Italian immigrants; about their home full of children; their grandfather who lived with them and taught them Torah, and an uncle, who only recently had arrived from Europe; the Jewish holidays in a religious environment; attending synagogue on festivals etcetera. In short the life of a large, warm and united Jewish family.