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After the War Was Over: Jewish Life in Amsterdam in the 1950s

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9789053308578
Author(s): Leonard Freed
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: Schilt Publishing
Dimensions: 193 x 249 x 18 (w x l x h)
Pages: 160

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At the start of his life-long career, Magnum photographer Leonard Freed (1929-2006) lived for many years in Amsterdam, from 1957 till 1968. As an American Jew, coming from a family of Russian immigrants, he felt at ease in this historic city with its liberal spirit and long standing tradition of tolerance to Jews. Fascinated by the remarkable recovery of Jewish life in Amsterdam after the Holocaust, the young Freed made this the topic of his first documentary as a professional photographer. Immersing himself in the Amsterdam Jewish community for more than a year in 1957-1958, he visited synagogues, study centres, schools, festivities, and followed people in their homes, at work and on the streets. Working within the traditions of humanistic photography, Freed made a multifaceted and compelling portrayal of a community that had endured unimaginable sufferings, but was now trying to forget, and rebuild a new life, showing a striking resilience and vitality. Considering himself to be an author rather than a journalist, from the onset it was Freed's aim not to make an encyclopaedia of Jewish life, but to paint an atmosphere, 'to depict a vibrant community'.
He therefore focused optimistically on the younger generations and left out any hints to the Holocaust, such as the ruins of the Jewish quarter. This hopeful perspective, of looking at the future and forgetting the past, seems to be both a reflection of Freed's own outlook on life and the p Please click here to ask a question
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