They arrive at times of great peril. Finding their images in Cracow, Auschwitz, and elsewhere, continued my search for wholeness. Once again, I was forced to examine my life as a Jewish man at the end of the twentieth century as well as the tolls of history, both communal and personal, on our society at large.
My "Thirty-Six Unknown" brought personal healing. From a pilgrimage starting in 1983 in Washington, D.C. through the Jewish renaissance in Germany and working with Holocaust victims as well as visiting the camps, I moved from sharing the horror to recovering from it.
"The Thirty Six Unknown" was my attempt to restore and update the rich Jewish lore and to help deepen the context of a renewed society.
Photography by © Todd Weinstein
Text By © Rabbi James Stone Goodman
Shamil Music By © Rabbi James Stone Goodman
The Unanswered Question By © Charles Ives