EVOCATIVE IMAGES OF THE JEWISH
MOSHÉ (MoÏ Ver).
Ein Ghetto im Osten - Wilna [A Ghetto in the East]
“His use of the book format as a
progression of pictures to be leafed through is unique with regard to
the reportage style that was just carving a niche for itself at the
time." -Open Book
"Moï Ver remains
a singular figure in photobook history..." -The Photobook
FIRST EDITION, illustrated with 65
images of the Jewish ghetto in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. With
preface by poet Zalman Chneour in Hebrew and German.
“In the same year that his Paris
was published, Moï Ver - under his real name of Moshé Vorobeichic-
produced Ein Ghetto im Osten (A Ghetto in the East).
The book, with both Hebrew and German text, featured his photographic
record of the Jewish ghetto in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius,
documenting a way of life that would soon disappear under terrible
circumstances. Even more so than Paris, Ein Ghetto im Osten
was ostensibly a documentary book, but as he had done in his view
of the French city, Moï Ver could not resist pushing the envelope of the
documentary form. Once again, he used a variety of New Vision
strategies, the most obvious being to take many images from upstairs
windows looking on to the narrow streets of Vilnius’s old Jewish
quarter. This creates odd angles and a dynamic mise en scène
for his pictures of people going about their everyday business on the
street…But Moï Ver didn't stop there. He also introduced cinematic
cutting and montaging techniques to heighten the interest... A poignancy
has been added [to Ein Ghetto im Osten] in hindsight: it was
made at the beginning of a desperately traumatic time for European
Jewry" (Parr/Badger, The Photobook).
Zurich and Leipzig: Orell Fussli, 1931.
Small octavo, publisher’s photo-illustrated boards. Very minor rubbing,
some light soiling, generally an excellent copy. $1900.