Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Only Flowers of Her Youth

This heart-gripping photograph is made by Roman Vishniac, a Russian Jew, born in Saint Petersburg in 1897.  After escaping antisemitism, first in Russia, then in Germany, he moved to the US, where he lived for 50 years.
Vishniac is mostly known for his photographic documentation of the Jewish ghettos in Eastern Europe.
This picture is called "The Only Flowers of Her Youth"and it is done in Warsaw, during the winter of 1938, not long before the Holocaust.
The little girl had to stay in bed, in an icy cold basement, and the flowers, painted on the wall, were probably the only flowers she ever saw...
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  1. This is such a sad story and such a startlingly beautiful photo. What a contrast.

  2. Just for the record.

    Thhe picture was taken in Warszaw, Poland, NOT in Moscow, Russia.

  3. Thank you for pointing that out! I'm so sorry, and I know very well that the picture is taken in Warszawa. My mind must have slipped... I just went in an corrected the error. Again, thank you!


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