- The collection consists of six photographs of Jewish refugees from Germany on the Polish-German border in Zbąszyń, Poland. On the verso, stamped by Roman Vishniac.
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Nettie Katz. My parents, sister and brother. Regina and Moritz in Zbaszyn, Poland, 1938. My husband died 1987. Born in Meltrngen Germanu and was in Riga. Sigfried Katz.
- Collection Creator
- Roman Vishniac
Roman Vishniac was born in 1897 in St. Petersburg, Russia and was educated in the Universities of Moscow and Berlin. From 1933 to 1939, he traveled throughout eastern Europe--Russia, Poland, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, and Lithuania--photographing Jewish communities. He was arrested and imprisoned repeatedly by police who suspected him of photographing Jews. Of the sixteen thousand images he took, two thousand negatives still exist. Vishniac's photographs were made with a hidden Leica camera which he wrapped a handkerchief around and exposed the film as he wiped his brow. He also used a concealed Rollei or 2-1/4 x 2-1/4 camera. The Rollei was kept under his coat with the lens protruding through an enlargened button hole.