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A woman wearing a head covering sits in a chair in the street. Three men sit on the stairs behind her and one man leans on the railing. A man and a woman sit in the window frame behind them.
Text by Roman Vishniac in The Vanished World: A limited-edition portfolio published by Witkin-Berley Ltd.
This place was made famous by the Gaon of Vilna, Elijah, who preached on these steps to the community two hundred years ago. At the time when I came, forty years ago, it still was a place where everybody gathered. It was a place for everybody to come to speak and ask advice.
Image Courtesy of Mara Vishniac Kohn, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley.
15 1/4 x 15 1/8"
Pre-1933: Jewish Life in Europe before Holocaust
"Synagogue Court, Vilna, 1938." (1938). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2021.1.117l.