While on a trip to Moscow, David Shneer stumbled on the open secret that sparked this book — the photojournalists who covered WWII in the USSR were almost exclusively Jewish. Through Soviet-Jewish Eyes explores issues such as why photography was so attractive to Jews and how this unique group dealt with a war that turned out to have a particularly Jewish slant. In Shneer’s telling, photography becomes the lens through which we see how the Holocaust unfolded in Soviet territories and how it was presented to the population during and after the war. What we learn is a side of the the Holocaust story that most North Americans have never known about, even though, as it turns out some of our most iconic Shoah photos were first seen “through Soviet Jews eyes.”
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