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Three Student School, Carpathian Ruthenia, 1938. Roman Vishniac.


“Roman Vishniac,  sensing the doom of the Jewish ghetto life in Eastern Europe spent the late 1930’s secretly photographing its many aspects.”

Carpathian Ruthenia is an old name for the region that became eastern Czechoslovakia.

* “This little boy might have perished in the Holocaust like hundreds of thousands of other children.  Today we know that he did not.”

Jews had been living in Eastern Europe for about 700 years when the Nazis showed up in the 1930’s.

*”By some miracle the boy survived and came to America where, four decades later, he was surprised to recognize himself in Vishniac’s classic.”

Blogfinger ran a post about Vishniac last year.  Here is a link:

Roman Vishniac on Blogfinger.

Photography was invented in 1826 and became recognized as an art form around 1910.   Lee Witkin opened one of the first photography galleries in 1969.

*The quotes above regarding this image are from  a book called A Ten Year Salute.  This book consists of a selection of photographs in celebration of ten years of the pioneering Witkin Gallery in NYC (1969-1979.)  Lee Witkin organized the collection.

Blogfinger will get busier acquainting our readers with the great past artists of photography, especially the women whom we have been featuring in the past.

Paul Goldfinger, MD.   Editor Blogfinger.net


JOHN WILLIAMS “Hatikvah” (The Hope) from the movie score Munich.  “Hatikvah” is the national anthem of Israel.

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Jewish schoolchildren. Mukacevo, Ukraine. 1935-1938. By Roman Vishniac.

Jewish schoolchildren. Mukacevo, Ukraine. 1935-1938. By Roman Vishniac.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD.   Blogfinger.net

Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) , street photographer of pre-World War II Jewish life in Eastern Europe, produced  a photographic record that “documented that world on the eve of its annihilation. He was Russian born, but he started his career in Berlin in the 1920’s. He escaped to  New York in 1941.   In 1947 he returned to Europe to document Jewish displaced-persons camps, the ruins of Berlin, and effort of the Holocaust survivors to rebuild their lives.”  *

Before he died, Roman Vishniac published a book of his photographs called “A Vanished World.” (1986).  Elie Weisel wrote the introduction.

The International Center of Photography in NYC organized the exhibit “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered,” which opened on September 24, 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  Maya Benton was the curator. The exhibit was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and a number of private foundations.

*Photograph Magazine.

ANDY STATMAN  and DAVID FRISHMAN   “Shalom Aleichem”  from their album Songs of Our Fathers

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