This is a series of digitized photographs taken at the end of 1939 by the Polish couple Bolesława and Edmund Zdanowscy in facilities for refugees in Vilnius.
In a series of photographic projects, the Zdanowscys captured the mood in Vilnius in the 1930s and 1940s. These pictures give an insight into everyday situations in Vilnius refugee care facilities, such as health care, food and the synagogue. They also show the Jewish refugees preparing for emigration to Palestine. Among other things, they can be seen in front of banners of the political-orthodox movement Agudat Israel. The annotations that the Zdanowscys wrote on the photographed scenes can be read in the captions.
It is uncertain whether the people in the photos managed to emigrate: their fates are largely unknown.
All photos by Bolesława and Edmund Zdanowscy, 1939 © M.K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art
Photo 1, Synagogue: ČDM Ta-4690(85)
Photo 2, Synagogue lessons: ČDM Ta-4690(84)
Photo 3, Synagogue service: ČDM Ta-4690(83)
Photo 4, Child: ČDM Ta-4690(25)
Photo 5, Medical examination: ČDM Ta-4690(24)
Photo 6, Registration: ČDM Ta-4690(23)
Photo 7, Dormitory: ČDM Ta-4690(20)
Photo 8, Queue: ČDM Ta-4690(12)
Photo 9, Queue in front of the municipality: ČDM Ta-4690(12)
Photo 10, Men having lunch: ČDM Ta-4690(11)
Photo 11, Women having lunch: ČDM Ta-4690(81)
Photo 12, Kitchen: ČDM Ta-4690(80)
Photo 13, Orphanage: ČDM Ta 4690(65)