Photographer Yuri Dojc was in a small spa town called Bardejov in Slovakia, shooting a documentary about holocaust survivors, when he was approached by the warden of the local Lutheran church. The man took him to this former Jewish boys’ school that had been untouched since the Second World War, after its occupants had been taken away to Auschwitz.
Yuri’s photo of the abandoned library at the school had an overwhelming impact on the photographer and led him to start a completely new project, which he called Last Folio, comprising of photos of former Jewish communities in Slovakia.
Last Folio has travelled to several countries, including Canada, the USA, the UK and Belgium and has had a profound impact on many people. It is a project that Yuri believes will never be finished; he continues to add to the images.
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