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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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‘The Time of Vishniac’: Photographs of Pre-War East European Jewry in Post-War Contexts

‘The Time of Vishniac’: Photographs of Pre-War East European Jewry in Post-War Contexts

(p.313) ‘The Time of Vishniac’: Photographs of Pre-War East European Jewry in Post-War Contexts
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Jeffrey Shandler

Liverpool University Press

This chapter investigates how pictures taken by photographers from outside the east European Jewish community became widely familiar throughout the post-war period, none more so than the work of one photographer, Roman Vishniac. Taken during a series of trips he made to Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania from the mid-1930s until the start of the Second World War, some of these photographs have been republished frequently, including in five books devoted solely to the photographer's work. Vishniac's images figured prominently in the first exhibitions and books of photographs of pre-war east European Jewish life to appear in the United States after the Second World War, and not a decade has passed since without some of these photographs being published or exhibited there, as well as abroad. Although these pictures are the product of a limited phase in Vishniac's career, they are his best-known accomplishment. For many post-war Americans, in particular, some of his images have served as key visual points of entry into the culture of pre-war east European Jewry.

Keywords:   photographers, photography, east European Jewish community, Roman Vishniac, Second World War, east European Jewish life, east European Jewry, east European Jewish culture

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