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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: vishniac_archive@icp.org.