Tuesday, May 5, 2009


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I took this snapshot in 1985 of a work of art in the courtyard of the main synagogue in Budapest. It was financed by American actor Tony Curtis, who has Jewish Hungarian roots. Aside from the aesthetics of this silver weeping willow, there are thousands upon thousands of silver leaves, each one bearing the engraved name of a Hungarian Jew who had been murdered in the holocaust. A far better photo of the sculture can be seen here. I have returned several times to Budapest over the years, and often to go to this memorial.

Friday, May 1, 2009


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A sonnet to live by. It follows the rhyme schemantra of a Shakespearian Sonnet (ABAB CDCD EFEF GG). Each word means freedom; from top to bottom (Czech, Russian, French, Polish, German, Hungarian, English)