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Pre-war photograph of Jew taken clandestinely by Roman Vishniac

Object | Accession Number: 1991.222.12

In the catalog accompanying the photograph, Vishniac explained "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 was still a place where everybody gathered. It was a place for everybody to come to speak and ask advice."

Original created by Roman Vishniac, 1938, Vilna, Poland. Reproduced from original negative by Witkin-Berley Limited, 1977, Roslyn Heights, New York.

Artwork Title
Synagogue Court, Vilna, 1938
Series Title
One of twelve 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: 2022-07-28 18:21:38
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