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A Vanished World

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A Vanished World is Roman Vishniac's celebrated collection of photographs taken between 1934 and 1939. Vishniac walked across Poland, the Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, Latvia, and Lithuania with his camera, preserving for posterity images of a Jewish way of life fated soon to be destroyed. Of the 16,000 photographs he managed to take -- secretly and under dang ...more
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published September 1st 1983 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1983)
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Mar 25, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
In the mid-1930s, as desperate Jews began to flee eastern Europe, Vishniac traveled to these countries and photographed the suffering and cruelty inflicted by the Nazis. His pictures and stark commentary illustrate communities that completely vanished; only occasionally does he say a subject in a photo actually survived the Shoah.

My dad suggested I read this as he found it very moving. He was born in 1936 and it was only through good fortune and his grandmother's bravery that he and his parents
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Oct 07, 2007 brian tanabe rated it really liked it
A beautiful yet ultimately and painfully heartbreaking work of photography. Ugh.
Jan 28, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
I come back to this book again and again--a pictorial study of the Warsaw Ghetto. It will haunt you. As Elie Wiesel says of Vishniac in his foreword to the book, "It is his love of the dead which touches us so deeply."
Jun 12, 2008 Marcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible photographs taken by an amazing photographer.
May 13, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
I don't think I have ever seen such powerful photographs.
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Roman Vishniac was a Russian-American photographer, best known for capturing on film the culture of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. [from wikipedia]
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