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Exhibition opening: ‘There was a time…’: Jewish Family Photographs Before 1939
September 21, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for the opening of our new exhibition that brings together over 100 never-before-seen portraits and snapshots from twelve Jewish families in the 1890s through the 1930s.
Drawn from The Wiener Holocaust Library’s unique archives, these private family photographs uncover a hidden history of pre-Nazi era Jewish life in Germany and Austria. Captions reveal the fates of some of the individuals depicted: persecution, deportation, annihilation, or escape.
‘There was a time…’ builds upon a growing public interest in vernacular photography: commonplace photographs made and bought by ordinary people. The images on display document everyday, intimate moments and expressions of culture and identity, creating a physical record of how the subjects wished to be seen and remembered.
The evening will include a drinks reception and brief remarks from the Library’s director and the exhibition’s curator.
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