Photographic memories.

Author:Cohn, Frank
Position:VISUAL MOMENT - Letter to the editor
 
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As I looked at the photographs by Vishniac ("Reframing Roman Vishniac's Legacy," May/ June 2016), three of them brought back vivid personal memories. The picture of Berlin's Anhalter Bahnhof railway terminal reminded me of my trip from Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) to Berlin in 1932. My parents had to work in their sporting goods store, so during the summer vacation, they sent me to my Uncle Emil and Aunt Crete's. It was still fairly safe then, and as a seven-year-old boy, with a tag hanging around my neck showing my final destination, I took an unaccompanied and uneventful five-hour train ride.

The picture with the poster of Hindenburg and Hider before the 1933 election reminded me of my life in Breslau when I was eight. Voting posters were pasted all over the city, with the NSDAP (Nazi Party) posters most prominent. Soon the posters were displaced by graffiti: "JIKZ," which meant "Jews into the Concentration Camp," an ominous prediction. My parents' store was picketed by Nazi Party members, and my parents were...

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