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Pre-war photograph of Jew taken clandestinely by Roman Vishniac

Object | Accession Number: 1991.222.4

In the catalog which accompanies this photograph, Vishniac explained "As peddlers they could sell a few things, second-hand goods from which they could make a meager living. But not any more, for the boycott killed all possibilities of making their income by selling. So they were sitting and waiting and hoping. And I was with them. I wanted to photograph a kind of soul giving something to beggars. I was waiting the whole day, but the beggars did not get a little coin, and I did not get my picture."

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

Artwork Title
Peddlers transformed in to Beggars by the Boycott, 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
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:22:19
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