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Photos show Jewish life before the Holocaust in a new digital archive

Photos show Jewish life before the Holocaust in a new digital archive
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For decades, Russian-born Jewish photographer Roman Vishniac documented Jewish life from the streets of Berlin to impoverished Eastern European villages to Holocaust survivors in New York City. Vishniac died in 1990, and only 350 of his images were published during his lifetime, even though his collection includes around 9,000 negatives, according to SmithsonianMag.com. But now many of Vishniac's photos will get to see the light of day.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the International Center for Photography have released many of Vishniac's photos to the public in a new digital archive. The collection includes scans of prints and negatives, many of which have never been published before.

Many of the images have sparse captions or no captions at all, so the project is crowdsourcing information from users to help give these photos more context. Users can make notes on the photos in the collection, which are sent to historians at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in an effort to flesh out some of what is captured in the photos. They've already gathered information on some of the people in the photos.

Click through to see some of these fascinating photos, and check out the full archive here.
Photo credit | © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography
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