[Malnourished child eating a crust of bread in the TOZ (Society for Safeguarding the Health of the Jewish Population) summer camp in Otwock, near Warsaw]
|Location||Otwock Warsaw Poland|
|Dimensions||Image (paper): 327 x 9 1/4 in. (830.6 x 23.5 cm)
Mount: 17 15/16 x 13 1/4 in. (45.6 x 33.7 cm)
|Print medium||Photo-Gelatin silver|
The Society for Safeguarding the Health of the Jewish Population (TOZ) was established in Warsaw in 1921 to unite the Polish branches of the Saint Petersburg–based Society for the Protection of Jewish Health (OZE). TOZ promoted preventive measures against infectious disease, such as smallpox vaccines, and also addressed the socioeconomic roots of disease, including pervasive poverty, malnutrition, and unsanitary living conditions. Vishniac photographed TOZ’s headquarters in Warsaw and summer camps in Slonim and Otwock to assist with their fundraising efforts and to promote the activities of the camp to Jewish donors abroad. With the support of the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), TOZ continued to operate after the German
invasion of Poland, and attempted to continue its activities in the Nazi ghettos in Poland until 1942.
Vishniac’s reflection, holding his Rolleiflex camera, can be seen in the young girl’s eyes.
© Mara Vishniac Kohn
Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn, 2013