Faces in the void

Faces in the void

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An exhibition of Marion's photography together with poetry by Jane Liddell-King, inspired by the stories of Czech Holocaust survivors and reflecting the universal themes of loss, survival and regeneration. This illustrated volume of poetry is printed in full colour throughout with a foreword by Moris Farhi. This book is about the synagogue of Pardubice, a town east of Prague, in a region where 1,256 Jewish people lived before the Second World War. Inspired by the survival of a single Torah scroll from that Synagogue, which is now held at Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, Cambridge, the poet Jane Liddell-King and the photographer Marion Davis commemorate and celebrate the people of that community who were deported to the Terezin Ghetto, a concentration camp, known in German as Theresienstadt. By the end of the war, only 39 of the deportees had survived, and just 24 from the city of Pardubice itself. The book contains an extensive historical introduction (pp. 1–45), 25 poems, Historical Afterword (pp. 136–43), Glossary of Terms, bibliography, and is heavily illustrated throughout; many of the photographs are full page or double-page spreads. Some of the poems feature and celebrate well-known figures, the late Alice Sommer-Herz and the late British hero Sir Nicholas Winton. This is a powerful work of poetry and photography, and a fine production.