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Holocaust Photographs

Identifier: PS5

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Scope and Contents

Jews and World War II The first series in this collection contains black and white photographs, originally published in a variety of period newspapers, especially The Mirror, describing events related to, and from World War II and the Jewish Holocaust. Included are portraits of Jewish men and boys; images of Jewish life, holidays, and anti-Nazi protests, primarily in New York; images of Jewish life in Europe under the Nazis; images of Jewish children rescued through the German Underground and Vaad Hahatzala; documentation of Nazi atrocities, primarily from 1945; and photographs from the 1933 Synagogue Congregation Ansher Obertyn vandalism case.

Israel  The second series also contains black and white newspaper photographs, as well as one hand-colored image. Included are a few images of Jewish refugees, but primarily the series consists of images of pre-state Israel; documentation of fighting and the foundation of the Israeli state from 1948; and images of Jews in Palestine.


  • 1924 - 1959
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1945 - 1948
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/07/2002

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



This collection consists of over 180 black and white photographs and photoduplications of printed images, used for newspaper publication. Arranged in two series, the first contains images related to Jewish life in Europe and the United States, and especially images from the Holocaust; the second primarily covers events surrounding the foundation of the Israeli state.

Arrangement Note

Arrangement is approximately as received; where appropriate, items are listed under categories assigned by previous organization and penciled on verso of certain groups of photographs (e.g. Nazi Atrocities, Jews in Moslem World).

Numbering scheme penciled on verso of photographs by unknown author; presumably this refers to previous organization of this collection. Groups of sequential numbers correspond approximately to groups of photographs, but the overall order is not apparent.

When dates and titles are known, based on information taken from the verso of items, they are indicated. Other item titles are simply descriptive.

Source of Acquisition

Dan Wyman Books.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Sara Stigberg, 2012.

Guide to the Holocaust Photographs
Sara Stigberg
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Library Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US