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The Photo Archive

The Photo Archive at the Ghetto Fighters’ House (GFH) holds tens of thousands of photographs from three main periods:

1) The rise of the Nazis, the Second World War, and the Holocaust

2) The decades preceding WWII

3) Holocaust survivors and the history of the Jewish people in the years directly following the Holocaust

The photographs from the first period deal with the history of the Jewish people at that time, but also photos of that period among other peoples and lands, the war, various kinds of propaganda, etc.

From the photographs in the second category we can learn about the daily life of Jews and non-Jews, primarily in Europe, from the beginning of the 20th century. The majority of the photos under this heading were taken in the period between the two World Wars.

Photographs belonging to the third period are from various countries, with emphasis on Jewish life. A large portion of these photos are of aid and rescue operations by and for Jews: redeeming children; the organization “Ha-Bricha” for getting Holocaust survivors out of postwar Europe to Mandate Palestine; the Displaced Persons’ camps in several countries; the British detention camps on Cyprus for unauthorized immigrants to Mandate Palestine, and more.

The Photo Archive also holds hundreds of photograph albums that allow the researcher access to collections of data by topic.  The majority of the photographs, as well as many of the albums, have been computerized, and the public can search the online archive of the GFH website and view material free of charge.