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  • Introduction Introduction

    The photographer Roman Vishniac created some of the most iconic images of Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust, documenting a world that would soon vanish—but captioning few of his photographs. Through a partnership with the International Center of Photography, Museum staff have discovered more about some of Vishniac's most well-known subjects.

  • The Farmer The Farmer

    This portrait of a farmer and tanner made circa 1935–38 in Vysni Apsa, Carpathian Ruthenia, is a well-known Roman Vishniac image, but the photographer’s caption did not name the man. When Lisa Wahler saw the photograph in the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, she recognized her grandfather, Chaim Simcha Mechlowitz.

  • The Sisters The Sisters

    Roman Vishniac made this image of sisters (left to right) Marion, Renate, and Karen Gumprecht shortly after they arrived in the United States in September 1941. While their names were known, the Museum was able to give context to their image from a collection of family photograph’s donated by Karen Komar, née Gumprecht.

  • The Young Girl The Young Girl

    Roman Vishniac made this image of Nettie Stub, age 11 from Hanover, Germany, in the Polish detention camp Zbaszyn in November 1938. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee sent Vishniac to Eastern Europe to make photographs for a fundraising campaign. The pictures he took have become some of the iconic images of the Holocaust.

  • The Survivor The Survivor

    The International Center of Photography asked Judith Cohen, director of the Museum’s Photo Archives, whether it would be possible to identify the woman in this Vishniac image by her tattoo number. Cohen checked with the Museum’s Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center, which was able to locate the number in the records of the International Tracing Service. She is Hanna Stern Weinberger, a physical therapist and masseuse, pictured here at the Jewish Hospital for Joint Diseases in East Harlem, New York, ca. 1948–51.