Happy Passover from the Vishniac Archive

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Roman Vishniac, [Holocaust survivors gathering outside a building where matzoh is being made in preparation for the Passover holiday, Hénonville Displaced Persons' Camp, Picardy, France], 1947

©Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

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Roman Vishniac, [Holocaust survivor sanding a rolling pin for making matzoh, Hénonville Displaced Persons' Camp, Picardy, France], 1947

©Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

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Roman Vishniac, [Holocaust survivors making matzoh, Hénonville Displaced Persons' Camp, Picardy, France], 1947

©Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

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Roman Vishniac, [Holocaust survivors making matzoh, Hénonville Displaced Persons' Camp, Picardy, France], 1947

©Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

Housed in a 1722 château outside Paris, the Hénonville Displaced Persons’ Camp was administered by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJDC), the Society for Trades and Agricultural Labor (ORT), and Agudath Israel (the umbrella organization for Orthodox and ultra Orthodox Jews), from 1946 to 1952. Hénonville was a homogeneous religious community of Orthodix Jews that included a relocated Lithuanian yeshiva, a home from Jewish orphans, and an Orthodox kibbutz, and was directed by a charismatic leader, Rabbi Solomon Horowitz. Vishniac photographed daily life in the camp, including a series documenting the preparation of matzoh for the Passover holiday.

–Maya Benton, Adjunct Curator, ICP

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