Still Lives

EDWARD SEROTTA

ON FILM, ONLINE: The Witness project draws upon 100,000 photographs, from a 1927 Jewish Drama Society to this 1989 picture of a boy on Yom Kippur in Budapest

Judit Kinszki's family was not, on the surface, all that extraordinary. Her father Imre spoke several languages, dabbled in photography, admired Winston Churchill and worked at a textile office most of his life. Her mother typed manuscripts for local poets and philosophers and could whip up five different kinds of cakes "out of practically nothing." Judit herself, now 68 and living in Budapest, grew up and became a mother and schoolteacher. Yet the Kinszkis' story stands out not so much because of what they did, but where they lived — and when. They were Jews in Hungary before the outbreak of...

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