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Bearded man standing in a field looking into the camera
Text by Roman Vishniac in The Vanished World: A limited-edition portfolio published by Witkin-Berley Ltd.
The peasants around were all so uneducated that you could not speak with them about anything. Their interest was just vodka; only alcohol to drink. But a Jewish peasant -- he was a wise man who knew about life, without having a radio or a newspaper or any information, nothing but his own thought and understanding. And this made his most interesting for all discussions. He asked me if a danger existed and if Hitler’s police would come, arrest him, and send him to death. I feared this too, but I could not advise him. There was no place to go. The whole world was closed and nobody was interested in saving the Jews.
Image Courtesy of Mara Vishniac Kohn, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley.
19 1/2 x 13"
Pre-1933: Jewish Life in Europe before Holocaust
"Jewish Peasant, Carpatho-Ukraine, 1937." (1938). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2021.1.117g.