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The Last Jews of Radauti, Romania, 1974-76. Photographs by Laurence Salzmann.

In the late 1930s, 8,000 Jews lived in Radauti, a small town in the Bukovina region of Romania. They were shopkeepers and tradesmen-shoemakers, barbers, hat makers, tailors, jewelers-a vital community spanning several generations. Six thousand Romanian Jews perished during World War II; some died in concentration camps in Transnistria, but most did not survive the initial hardships of deportation. At the end of the war, a few returned, only to find their homes gone and the life they had known swept away. The Last Jews of Radauti makes a powerfully enduring statement about a vanishing culture by illuminating the lives of the small number of Eastern European Jews who survived the Holocaust and went home. For a closer look at the Jewish community of Radauti, watch a 10 minute clip of Salzmann’s Songs of Radauti here.

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The symbolism of Easter eggs should be sought before the birth of Christ, in ancient times. Egg was given as a gift being considered a symbol of balance, creation, fertility, symbol of life and of the renewal of nature.

The red colour that is used to paint eggs for Easter, it symbolizes on the one hand the fire with its purifying power, and the blood of Jesus that has passed the cross for the salvation of the world.

The lines that are drawn on painted eggs represent:
- the Straight vertical line = life;
- the Straight horizontal line = death;
- the Double straight line = eternity;
- the Line with rectangles = thinking and knowledge;
- the Slightly wavy line = water, purification;
- the Spiral = time, eternity;
- the Double spiral = connection between life and death

(Photos taken in Bucovina)