Pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish Life Revealed In New Photos

The world of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life just got more enriching. As the National Post writes:

The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman Vishniac’s archive.

Roman Vishniac took a remarkable number of photos in Germany as the Nazis rose to power. He was on the ground floor to witness the ascension of the movement and its impact on the lives of people during the 1920s and 1930s. Now, nine thousand negatives will finally be available to the public, unlocking more doors into the world at the time.

1. Jewish school children in Mukacevo, Ukraine, circa 1935-38.
2. Woman applies for emigration with the Aid Society of German Jews, in Berlin, circa 1937-38.
3. German family out for a walk near the Ufa-Palast movie theatre in Berlin, late 1920s to early 1930s.
4. Berlin railway station, late 1920s to early 1930s.

It’s extraordinary to look back into time at the faces of these people. Moreover, imagining what fate awaited many of them is quite chilling.