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Front: Black and white photograph of a man doing metal work on a log with a child standing behind him, looking at the camera. There are two beds behind them, and a mirror. Back: Four white stickers with various messages.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Photograph from Roman Vishiac's The Vanished World. Vishniac photographed the shtetl Jews of Eastern Europe, from 1933 to 1940, just before the Holocaust was to destroy their communities, stating that "The life of the Jews even before the Holocaust was hard and bitter... With photography I could save at least a memory of Jewish life and culture, and the faces of the people. I thought that years and years after the killing, future generations of Jews would be interested to hear of the life that disappeared, the life that is no more." One Room Apartment-Workshop, Warsaw, 1936. "The basement was divided by wood boards into twenty-six living quarters. This apartment was the most expensive because a little light came from above. But when the pedestrians walked on the pavement grating even this room became dark. This man was working the whole day. The work made it impossible to breathe because metal dust was everywhere. Roman Vishniac, 1977.


10 x 8"


Witkin Gallery Stamp The Vanished World One Room Apartment Workshop Warsaw, Roman Vishniac


Pre-1933: Jewish Life in Europe before Holocaust

One Room Apartment-Workshop, Warsaw



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