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The audio and films for this section have all been recently shot in Calcutta. We drew on the handful of people that are still here to talk about Jewish Calcutta, so they could share their memories. Cyril Cohen and Aaron Harazi, two of the most elderly in the community, were interviewed and filmed. They spoke of their school days and work life when the community was thriving. We filmed in the synagogues and the Jewish Girls' School. We wanted to showcase the magnificent synagogues and also give the viewers a clear sense of how they are situated today. The synagogues are on busy commercial streets and no longer in use, and matzah-s are no longer made in Calcutta. There has not been a Jewish girl in the Jewish Girls' School for about 40 years, but the school still thrives and provides its students with a sound education. Minati De, whose husband worked at the National Tobacco factory speaks about what it was like to live as part of a Jewish community. Flower Silliman cooks some of the favorite dishes of the Calcutta Jewish community. A shoot at the racecourse with Elijah Twena, an avid racer, speaks of how racing was a well-loved pastime among the Jewish community. Ayal Joshua has contributed a video he has made about his search for his past in Calcutta. Today one must search for “Jewish Calcutta”, that for the most part, has been consumed by the City.