5. Mai 2010 - 5. September 2010

The Jews of Berlin, 1933-1941, Photographs by Abraham Pisarek


On the occasion of the publication of the work The Jews of Berlin, 1933-1941, photographed by Abraham Pisarek (Biro Publications- Shoah Memorial, 2010), the Shoah Memorial presents an exhibition of approximately sixty of Abraham Pisarek’s photographs, as well as archive documents recounting Jewish life in Berlin between 1933 and 1941.

Born in Poland to a religious Jewish family, Abraham Pisarek immigrated to Berlin in 1919. He worked as a press photographer until the coming to power of the Nazis in 1933.

From this time on, his professional activities were limited to the treatment of Jewish subjects, for the only authorized Jewish newspapers, until their disappearance and the ban made on Jews’ possession of cameras in 1941.

Married to an Aryan woman, Abraham Pisarek was assigned to forced labor in Berlin in 1941 but was not deported and survived the war. The numerous photographic reports created by Abraham Pisarek deliver extraordinary and emotional accounts of life in Berlin under the Third Reich.

This exhibition was created by the Shoah Memorial with the support of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, in partnership with: