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Ongoing Exhibit: The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards
December 15, 2016 - March 8, 2017
In the early 20th century, the Lower East Side was the most crowded neighborhood in the world. Fleeing violent persecution, newly arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe recreated a familiar environment of their previous homeland as they sought to establish new roots in America.
Uniquely captured in postcards, the social media of the time, lively street scenes crowded with pickle vendors, pushcarts and horse-drawn carriages presented a stunning visual record of the “Jewish ghetto”in New York and shtetls and cities throughout Eastern Europe.
In captivating color and stark black and white, an exhibition of original postcards from the Blavatnik Archive recall vanished places in the United States and Eastern Europe that are at the heart of the Jewish immigrant experience.