Gelatin silver prints. 14.5 x 18 inches. Edition of 7.

In 1944-45 an American war correspondent, Meyer Levin embarked on a journey through Europe. His assignment was to seek out the remnants of Jewish communities, to cover the "Jewish story". Sharing a Jeep with him was French photographer Eric Schwab. Schwab was photographing the war. He was also on a personal mission, searching for his mother who had been deported in 1943.

In his autobiography, In Search, Meyer Levin describes that journey from Paris to Prague, through the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of the concentration camps, and the first stirrings of the Cold War.

In the fall of 1995 Mikael Levin retraced his father's journey. He photographed the concentration camps and the Europe of today, contrasting his journey to his father's experiences of fifty years ago.

Mikael Levin assembled those photographs together with his father's writings and with a selection of Eric Schwab's photographs from 1945, creating a narrative of images and text that span fifty years and two generations.

Installation view, Jewish Museum, Paris, 2011

Installation view, Archives Nationales, Paris, 2003

Installation view, Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin, 1998

Jewish Museum, Berlin

Installation view, International Center of Photography, New York, 1997

Related Project: Burden of Identity (1998)

Texts from War Story:

Mikael Levin- Interview

Hanno Loewy- Retracing a Journey Through Europe

Ellen Handy- War Stories, the Lorelei, Europe Today, and Documentary Photography