This slightly oversized album contains selections from the photo archives of Herbert Sonnenfeld and his wife Leni. The Sonnenfelds were a husband-wife team of photojournalists who began their craft in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The photos evoke a long-lost era of Jewish history: they begin in 1935 and end in 1973. Not surprisingly, the first and last photo both take place in Israel: the first showing a Halutz (pioneer) from Germany sowing wheat in 1935 and the last showing a Jerusalem scene from the 1960s. This important and uplifting book covers an important period of Jewish history, while also allowing viewers to see the human face of that history. Illus.
Abraham J. Edelheit is an associate professor of history at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) and the author, co-author, or editor of eleven books on the Holocaust, Zionism, Jewish and European history, and Military affairs. His most recent publication appeared in Armor magazine, the official journal of the US Army Armor and Cavalry Command.