A German family, late 1920s or early 1930s in Berlin.
A German family, late 1920s or early 1930s in Berlin. Provided by the International Center of Photography. Photo by AP
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A vast U.S. archive of photographs of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life is being made available to the public and researchers.

The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman Vishniac's archive.

Vishniac was a Russian-born Jew who moved to Berlin in 1920. He documented the rise of Nazi power and its effect on Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe.
The database includes all of Vishniac's 9,000 negatives, most of which have never before been printed or published.

The photography center and the museum are asking scholars and the public to help identify the people and places depicted in the images.

Sunlight streams into a Berlin railway station, late 1920s or early 1930s in Berlin. Provided by the International Center of Photography. Photo by AP
Jewish school children in Mukacevo, Ukraine, 1935-38. Provided by the International Center of Photography. Photo by AP
An emigration applicant meets with a representative of the Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden (Aid Society of German Jews) on Ludendorffstrasse in the Schoeneberg area of Berlin, 1937-38. Provided by the International Center of Photography. Photo by AP