Happy Fourth of July!

Throughout the 1940s, American Jewish social service organizations provided assistance to recent immigrants. Some, including New York’s Educational Alliance, incorporated flag-waving exercises as a component of their Americanization and education efforts.

Roman Vishniac, [Boy holding American flag, New York], 1940s

© Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

Roman Vishniac, [Schoolchildren saluting the American flag, New York], 1940s

© Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

Roman Vishniac, [Schoolchildren participating in an outdoor lesson, New York], 1940s

© Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

Roman Vishniac, [Schoolchildren singing in front of an American flag, New York], 1940s

© Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

Roman Vishniac’s recently discovered negatives documenting the lives and experiences of recent immigrants to New York in the 1940s are currently being archived and digitized at ICP.

Maya Benton, Adjunct Curator, ICP

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