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[Nettie Stub, eleven years old, from Hanover, in a Polish detention camp, Zbaszyn]

DateNovember 1938
Label Text

Vishniac’s photograph of Nettie Stub, taken in Zbaszyn, was put on the wire along with several of his Zbaszyn photographs and picked up by the Red Cross. Later that year, Stub was rescued and brought to safety in Sweden by the Red Cross, along with several other children. In 1983, Stub, then living in the Bronx as Nettie Katz, noticed this picture of herself in Vishniac’s seminal publication A Vanished World. She contacted the photographer and told him that she believed the Red Cross chose to save her because of his photograph.

"At the end of October 1938, thousands of Polish Jews residing in Germany were forcibly repatriated by the Nazis. They were temporarily housed in military barracks in Zbaszyn, Poland" printed LC, on mount, recto
General Condition: . Large crease and several dents in lower left corner; very slight cockling; small scratches and accretions throughout; dent and very small tear on bottom left edge of print border
Gelatin silver print
Image: 11 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (29.8 x 27.3 cm) Paper: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) Mount: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
place taken Zbaszyn, Poland
Credit Line
Promised Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn
Accession Number1983.1525
© Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

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