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    [Man standing in front of the Silesian Homeland clubhouse and pub; a swastika is painted on the wall to the right, Berlin]

    Object Name
    Datemid-1930s (printed 2012)
    Label Text

    The Schlesische Heimatstube (Silesian Homeland clubhouse and pub), celebrated the heritage of German speakers from Silesia, a border region between Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Regional clubhouses such as this provided forums for the expression of ethnic, regional, and national identity rooted in the land. For non-Germans, including Vishniac, the ubiquitous celebrations of a German “fatherland” or “homeland” represented barriers to belonging in German society that became increasingly ominous as the Nazis rose to power.

    Inkjet print
    Image: 12 x 11 1/2 in. (30.5 x 29.2 cm)
    place taken Berlin, Germany
    Credit Line
    Roman Vishniac Archive
    Accession Number2012.79.39
    © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

    For all uses of photographs by Roman Vishniac contact ICP at: [email protected].