Carved memories : heritage in stone from the Russian Jewish Pale
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Carved memories : heritage in stone from the Russian Jewish Pale

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Carved memories : heritage in stone from the Russian Jewish Pale
Call No: 947 G57c

Call Number947 G57c
Dates2000; ©2000
Statement of ResponsibilityDavid Goberman ; introduction by Robert Pinsky ; essay by Gershon Hundert.
Creators & ContributorsGoberman, David Noevich (author)
Pinsky, Robert (contributor)
Hundert, Gershon David (contributor)
Summary"For more than a century, Russian Jews were restricted to residence in the western provinces of Russia, the so-called Pale of Settlement. In this fascinating volume, 125 duotone photographs document the carved tombstones of this region, specifically present-day Ukraine and Moldova. The stones are poignant memorials to the lost world of the shtetl and practically all that remain of a major Jewish art tradition. They are also unique genealogical records for Americans descended from Russian Jewry. The photographs, made by the artist and photographer David Goberman from the 1930s through the 1960s, are in many cases the sole documentation of tombstones that have been effaced or destroyed. An introduction by Robert Pinsky resonates with the once-vibrant culture of Eastern Jewry. Essays by Goberman and Gershon Hundert, an expert on the history of Jewish life in Russia, place the tombstones in their artistic and cultural setting, and explain the Jewish traditions surrounding their creation. The images are organized by the regions where the cemeteries are located, and captions include translations of the Hebrew and Yiddish inscriptions on the stones." —Publisher

  • Instruments of memory / Robert Pinsky

  • Jewish tombstones / David Goberman

  • Jewish life in Eastern Europe / Gershon Hundert

  • Plates

    • West Central Ukraine

    • Western Ukraine

    • Moldova

Physical Description 167 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Rizzoli

  • Published to accompany the exhibition "Carved Memories: Jewish Tombstones of the Russian Pale," held at the Brooklyn Museum January 14–April 3, 2000.

  • Includes bibliographical references (page 43)

RecognitionGifted in 2020 by Dr. Arturo Manes