LINCROFT, NJ (January 5, 2015) – Community members are invited to take a rare look into the lives of hundreds of holocaust victims during a public presentation at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft on Monday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

Researcher and writer Ann Weiss will present some of the more than 2,000 personal photos she discovered during a trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in 1986.

The photos, featured in her book “The Last Album: Eyes from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau,” were confiscated from holocaust victims transported to the camp in 1943.

“Historians have surmised that, out of all the transports, only the photos from this one transport miraculously survived,” said Weiss, the daughter of two Polish holocaust survivors. ““These were the photos they couldn’t leave behind.”

Weiss will also discuss some of the personal stories behind the photos, which she uncovered through historical records and interviews with surviving family and friends.

The program, hosted by the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale, will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 1945.

Admission is $10. Brookdale students and Chhange members can attend for free. To register, or for more information, visit