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.