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Pre-war photograph of Jew taken clandestinely by Roman Vishniac

Object | Accession Number: 1991.222.7

In the catalog accompanying this photograph, Vishniac explained "The peasants were all so uneducated that you could not speak with them about anything. Their interest was just vodka; only achohol to drink. But a Jewish peasant-he was a wise man who knew about life, without having a radio or newspaper or any information, nothing but his own thought and understanding. And this made his most interesting for all discussions. He asked me if a danger existed and if Hitler's police would come, arrest him, and send him to death. I feared this, too, but could not advise him. There was no place to go. The whole world was closed and nobody was interested in saving the Jews."

Original created by Roman Vishniac, 1937, Carpatho-Ukraine, USSR. Reproduced from original negative by Witkin-Berley Limited, 1977, Roslyn Heights, New York.

Artwork Title
Jewish Peasants, Carpatho-Ukraine, 1937
Series Title
1 of 12 photographs in a boxed portfolio, number 33 from a limited edition of 50, entitled The Vanished World
creation:  1937
Credit Line
Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley
Record last modified: 2023-06-14 07:08:03
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