The family of Shirley Moskowitz has donated one of her prints, a monotype of the ruined synagogue in Dukla, to the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, to honor the memory of both Shirley and Chris Schwarz, the founder of the museum.
Back in 2005, Shirley’s series of monoprints on Jewish heritage sites in Poland and elsewhere in East-Central Europe was exhibited at the museum, which had opened only a year or so before. (The prints had earlier been exhibited at the Centrum Judaica in Krakow, in Tarnow and in Oswiecim — you can see some of them in the “prints” page of the art works section of this web site.)
Shirley made the prints after traveling with her daughter Ruth to Poland, where they met up with her son Sam. Sam was leading a Jewish heritage tour and Ruth was doing research for a book, and during the trip they stopped to visit many sites — synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, old shtetls. The prints depict some of the same scenes that are shown in the permanent exhibit of the Galicia Museum — photographs of Jewish heritage in Poland taken by the late Chris Schwarz.
Chris died in 2007, only a few months after Shirley passed away. Last year, the Gruber family decided to donate one of Shirley’s prints to the museum to honor their memory. This summer, Museum Director Kate Craddy had it hanging on the wall of her office, located in the foyer of the museum.