Friday, August 3, 2007

RIP: Chris Schwartz of Krakow

"Chris Schwarz, founder and director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, has died. Schwartz, 59, died Sunday of prostate cancer in his Krakow apartment.

Schwarz, a London native whose father was Jewish, founded the museum in April 2004. It was a cornerstone of the rebirth of Jewish culture in Krakow's Kazimierz district, where hundreds of thousands of Jews lived before World War II.

With his modern approach to exhibitions and to depicting Jewish life, as well as an emphasis on education, the museum became a hit with locals, as well as Polish Jews and Jews from abroad."

We visited this small but delightful museum, met and chatted with Chris Schwartz, and greatly admired his work. We had no idea he was ill. We do hope that his legacy will continue.

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