This installation was requested by Yad VaShem for the new permanent exhibition in block 27 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State
Museum in Poland. The large room contains a 360-degree cinematic montage of Jewish life before the Holocaust illustrating the remarkable diversity of Jewish life between the wars. The installation portrays original footage of various Jewish communities across prewar Europe and North Africa, including rare color images. These people – filmed in times of celebration and in times of mourning, at work, in study and on holiday – were as varied in their religious adherence, creative endeavors and professional backgrounds as their non-Jewish compatriots. The installation exposes the visitors to a life that was in the very place where it was taken.