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[Preparing food in a Jewish soup kitchen, Berlin]

Date mid to late 1930s
Location Berlin Germany
Dimensions Image: 7 x 4 11/16 in. (17.8 x 11.9 cm)
Paper: 7 1/16 x 5 in. (17.9 x 12.7 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Unlike soup kitchens for the poor, Mittelstand Küchen served the German-Jewish middle-class, providing tablecloths, silverware, and entertainment in addition to nourishment. As a result of mounting antisemitism and wide-reaching Nazi racial policies, many middle-class German Jews became impoverished in the 1930s. By retaining aspects of middle-class life, Mittelstand Küchen helped them maintain their pride while benefiting from community assistance.


© Mara Vishniac Kohn

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Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn, 2013

Feedback Accession No. MVK.859.2008