The Lonka Project
When Holocaust survivor Dr Eleonora ‘Lonka’ Nass died, her daughter Rina realised she knew very little of her mother’s experience of the Nazi concentration camps. In 2019, Rina and her husband, Jim Hollander, decided to launch this project to document Holocaust survivors’ stories and asked fellow professional photographers worldwide to create portraits of survivors.
320 photographers in 35 countries each contributed portraits of a diverse group of Holocaust survivors, the last among us who will soon be unable to share their experiences in the first person.
The Lonka Project is an ongoing photo exhibit consisting of some 455 individual portraits.
The Lonka Project
The Lonka Project co-curators:
Rina Castelnuovo (Israel)
An Israeli photographer and filmmaker and one of Israel’s most awarded photojournalists, Rina began her career with the Associated Press four decades ago. For the past 30 years, she photographed for The New York Times in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, covering war and peace in the Middle East.
Jim Hollander (Israel)
An award-winning American photographer with over four decades of career, Jim served as Chief Photographer and editor for Israel and the Palestinian Authority with UPI, Reuters, and EPA. He has covered conflicts and other international news in the Middle East, Africa & Europe. His long-standing passion for Spain led to his books Run to the Sun (2002) and Pizarra to Pamplona (2016).
Jim and Rina have been married for nearly 40 years.
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