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    [Waiting for packages at a Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) distribution counter and relief station, Schlachtensee Displaced Persons camp, Zehlendorf, Berlin]

    Object Name
    Date1947 (printed 2012)
    Label Text

    The Schlachtensee Displaced Persons camp housed thousands of Holocaust survivors at any given time between its establishment in January 1946 and 1948, when it was closed as a result of the Berlin Blockade. Although Schlachtensee was officially run by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), the camp was funded and managed by the JDC and inhabited primarily by survivors from eastern Europe. Schlachtensee became a vibrant center of both secular and religious Jewish life, and was home to a Yiddish newspaper, cinema, revue theater, schools for children, a library, sports clubs, synagogue, and a “people’s university.”

    Inkjet print
    Image: 12 x 11 5/16 in. (30.5 x 28.7 cm)
    place taken Berlin, Germany
    Credit Line
    Roman Vishniac Archive
    Accession Number2012.80.13
    © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

    For all uses of photographs by Roman Vishniac contact ICP at: vishniac_archive@icp.org.