[Letter from Roman Vishniac to President Franklin D. Roosevelt]
Vishniac’s 1942 letter to President Roosevelt, written on the occasion of FDR’s sixtieth birthday, included a gift of five of his photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, presented as records of the effects of oppression to illustrate the “infinite disaster and injustice” wrought by Nazism. Vishniac hoped to sway Roosevelt to the side of intervention to prevent the annihilation of European Jewry. The letter illustrates Vishniac’s tenacity and resourcefulness: even as a recent immigrant who had not yet mastered the language of his adopted country, he was writing to the president asking for his intercession.
Collection Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, Hyde Park, New York