Sweet Noise: Love in Wartime is a book that shares the remarkable story of my parents. Auschwitz survivors who fell in love in a Polish ghetto, they found each other after the war only to be separated again due to the chaos of the international immigration system. During that second separation, they wrote to each other almost every day. Seventy-five of those letters are paired with my photographs and text describing my mother's first return to Poland in 46 years and is also bookended with compelling essays by Michael Berenbaum and Stuart Eizenstat.
Through several iterations and years of collaboration, David Skolkin hit a home run with his sensitive, timeless design in a 200 pg. book beautifully printed in Bologna by Damiani Editore. With a topic weighted by one of history's darkest periods, the overriding goal was to make sure the letters told the back-story through the very stark emotions, and that the photographs and reflections showed the impact of one woman's gripping confrontation with her past.
The book has garnered numerous strong reviews in publications such as The Jewish Chronicle and The Washington Post, and been featured in both Communication Arts and American Photography as well in events like London's Jewish Book Week and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Additionally, two images have been accepted into the permanent collection at Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.