New York; (1983): Farrar, Straus and Giroux. First Edition. Quarto. Item #021486
Signed by Vishniac. 79(1)pp. With a foreword by Elie Wiesel, with black and white photographs, Commentary on each photograph follows the preface. Roman, in his commentary ask "Why did I do it? A hidden camera to record the way of life of a people who had no desire to be captured on film may seem strange to you. Was it in same to cross into and out of countries where my life was in danger every day? Whatever the question, my answer is the same: It had to be done. I felt that the world was about to be cast into the mad shadow of Nazism and that the outcome would be the annihilation of a people who had no spokesman to record their plight....iI knew it was my task to make certain that this vanished world did not totally disappear". These photographs were taken between 1934 and 1939. Out of 16,000 photographs, he managed to rescue only 2000. Many of the photographs here have never been seen before and many of the negatives(which were sewn into his clothing when he came to the US) were printed for the first time. Bound in maroon cloth stamped in blind, spine lettering gilt. A near fine copy in very nice pictorial dust jacket with just a bit of wear to head.