Links and Resources

I am developing this page and it will likely take a different form as material is added.

For now, I’m attaching links to favorite articles, photographers, books, and videos. These are all things that have inspired me and humbled me. I believe strongly that retaining a sense of wonder and reverence for the artists and creators that have come before us is the best way to ensure our continued growth.

So in no particular order (for now….):


  1. Hi Keren:

    I’m Nancy Lehrer’s husband and just finished looking at your latest collection, Loss and Beauty. Excellent!

    In regards to the above: you might be interested to know that Nancy’s family in Losice, Poland was virtually annihilated along with the entire town where they had lived for centuries. I discovered this only recently when a huge trove of photographs and letters (in Yiddish, Polish and Russian) was a discovered in her parent’s home shortly before they moved. It so happens that her dad saved everything that came his way from his relatives, but had little knowledge of the people in the photographs. And although he grew up speaking Yiddish, he never learned to read it, so the letters remained a mystery to him.

    It so happens, that Nancy and I lived in Amherst MA for several years where the Jewish Book Reserve is located. So, when we came into possession of the letters I contacted the Book Reserve (now housed at Hampshire College) to learn of someone who might be acquainted with the dialect of Yiddish spoken in the Sieldice area of Poland to the east of Warsaw where Losice is located. And indeed, Hershel Hartman here in LA speaks and reads that language, and was able to translate the bulk of the messages in Yiddish sent to Nancy’s grandmother in St. Louis and LA from the mid 1920s until the time of the Holocaust. The Polish and Russian letters were translated by graduate students studying at UCLA.

    In any case, here they are together with photos of that era so long ago when Yiddishkeit prevailed in hundreds of small towns throughout Poland:

    Of the people mentioned in the monograph Margie Bonar (aka Masza Sztajnman) was Nancy’s grandmother. The Wyman (aka Wajman) Family consists of her double cousins. Ajzce ‘Al’ Szerc was of two cousins who survived the Holocaust.



    • Dear Chick,
      Thank you for this wonderful information. I’m off to explore the links now. I am so glad you found value in the book. I hope to be leaving in January for a trip through Eastern Poland and into Latvia and Lithuania to begin Part 2 of Loss and Beauty. I’ll be sure to go through Losice and make some images.
      With gratitude,

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