New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 1983. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. First Edition. Quarto, original brown titled in gilt and blind.boards. Fine copy, dust jacket is VG only (Short closed tears at spine head and onto front panel of jacket, small tape repairs). Very Good in Dust Jacket. Item #310352
¶ 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.