Lost Stories photo exhibit closes tonight with music

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“Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam” closes tonight at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco with a free musical performance inspired by a discovered trove of photographs of Jews in occupied Amsterdam in 1943.

Judith Trijtel, Amsterdam, 1943. Photograph by Annemie Wolff.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. and will feature musical guests Jeremiah Lockwood (Balkan Beat Box, Sway Machinery), Charlie Saufley and Meg Baird.

German-born Dutch photographer Annemie Wolff, who died in 1994, captured these images at the height of the deportation of Jews from the Dutch capital.

The photographs are arresting documents of “defiantly happy” individuals, as J. senior writer Dan Pine observed in his February preview of the exhibit. “They smile into the lens, not the least bit afraid.”

While about half of the Jews identified in the photos survived the war, these images represent the last trace of many who perished.

Tonight, Thursday, April 16, 2015: “Lost Stories, Found Images” closing night. At the Goethe-Institut of San Francisco, 530 Bush St. at Grant