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A Vanished World

Vishniac, Roman; Wiesel, Elie

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ISBN 10: 0374282471 / ISBN 13: 9780374282479
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 1983
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Unpaginated. 180 photographs. Foreword by Elie Wiesel. Tight binding, clean pages. A very faint hint of shelf wear to dustjacket, otherwise Very Fine. First Edition stated. Protected in a new Mylar cover. Scarce in this Fine condition!; Square 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 04732

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Title: A Vanished World

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Taken between 1934 and 1939, as Vishniac walked across Poland, the Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Hungary, Latvia, and Lithuania, these photographs preserve the stark images of Jewish life before the Nazi regime

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Roman Vishniac's A Vanished World is an extraordinary record of the lives of German and Eastern European Jews in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. Vishniac, a Russian Jew, began to take photographs of village life during World War I, when Russian Jews who lived near the front were accused of being German spies and were deported to Siberia. He later moved to Germany, where he witnessed the horrible events of Kristallnacht and the anti-Jewish legislation that allowed Hitler to declare his enemies stateless and therefore unworthy of international protection. As we study Vishniac's photographs--a surviving fraction of the more than 16,000 he took--we are aware that we are seeing the faces of those soon to die, witnessing a world that has all but perished. Yet that world, of shops and schools, of busy streets and quiet farms, remains with us if only as a ghostly memory, thanks in part to Vishniac's compassionate eye.

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