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Pre-war photograph of Jew taken clandestinely by Roman Vishniac

Object | Accession Number: 1991.222.10

In the catalog that accompanies the photographs, Vishniac explained "The little girl had to stay in bed for seven months because she had no shoes. It would have been senseless to spend money for shoes. What could she earn to bring in to the family? It was better for her to stay in bed, not to catch a cold. Her father, who loved the little girl so much, used stencils to make the pictures on the wall. He painted flowers for her, the only flowers of her youth."

Original created by Roman Vishniac (donor's father), 1938, Warsaw, Poland. Reproduced from original negative by Witkin-Berley Limited, 1977, Roslyn Heights, New York.

Artwork Title
The Only Flowers of Her Youth, Warsaw, 1938
Series Title
1 of 12 photographs in a boxed portfolio, number 33 from a limited edition of 50, entitled The Vanished World
creation:  1938
Credit Line
Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:22:18
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