THE JEWISH GHETTO IN POSTCARDS:
FROM EASTERN EUROPE TO THE LOWER EAST SIDE
MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET
12 ELDRIDGE STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10002
In the early 20th century, the Lower East Side was the most crowded neighborhood in the world. Fleeing violent persecution, large waves of newly arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe recreated a familiar environment of their previous homeland as they sought to establish new roots in America. Uniquely captured in postcards, lively street scenes presented a stunning visual record of the "Jewish ghetto" in New York and cities throughout Eastern Europe. In partnership with the Museum at Eldridge Street, the Blavatnik Archive is proud to present an exhibit of original postcards that will bring images of that by-gone era back to the Lower East Side, and highlight the continuity of Jewish street life from its Eastern European origins to its formative role at the heart of the Jewish American experience.