Photographs document town before Holocaust

A revealing photographic exhibition of one of Poland's most vibrant Jewish communities before the Holocaust opens Oct. 8 at the Museum of Anthropology.

Remembering Luboml: Images of a Jewish Community provides insight into a period of extraordinary cultural ferment in the market town of Luboml through 39 framed photographs, text and maps.

By the 1930s Luboml had a thriving Jewish population of some 4,000 people -- more than 90 per cent of the town's population.

The years between the two world wars were a period of remarkable change. Modern intellectual attitudes, styles of dress and other secular influences, particularly Zionism, affected traditional family life and religion.

In October 1942 most of Luboml's Jews were murdered by the Nazis. Only 51 people survived.

Aaron Ziegelman, a Luboml emigrant to the United States in 1938, initiated and funded the exhibition to preserve the history and the memory of the town.

Nearly 2,000 photographs and artifacts have been collected around the world from more than 100 families. Remembering Luboml features highlights from the collection.

The exhibition is open from Oct. 8 to Dec. 31 every day except Monday and holidays.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m and Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Admission is $6; students/seniors, $3.50; free Tuesdays from 5 - 9 p.m.