Global Family Album


The wedding of Louisa Zigler, and Oskar Rothbaum, Lvov, Poland, 1921. In the background: the “Yad Harutzim” building. The newlywed left for the USA. Sitting first from right: Rachel Zigler (1895-1942); standing by her side her husband Yehuda Lilien (1889-1842), both perished in the Holocaust. He was the cousin of the artist Ephraim Moshe Lilien.


Most likely, you have old group photographs of your family fading out in albums or in boxes. The time has come to save them, and not only for your children, grandchildren and your family’s future generations, but also for the collective memory of the Jewish People. Your family pictures are inestimable documents telling the story, the lifestyle and culture of Jewish communities around the world.

Find old group photos of your family prior to 1940, scan them and attach them to a message sent to Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People on Facebook. In the message mention the family name of the family in the photo, the location (town/city, country) and date (year or decade) of the photo. Any other details are welcome.
Your photos will be added to the photo collection of the Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, the largest collection of Jewish photographs boasting over 400,000 items.


The Levi family, Salonica, Greece, c1922. Photo: Joseph Barzilai.



Family picture on wedding anniversary, Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina, 1930.



The Livian Family, Mashhad, Iran, 1930’s.



The Reznik family, Mir, Belarus, 1923. The entire family perished in the Holocaust.



The wedding of Ester Braina, Yaakov Vizenfeld’s daughter, and Moris Perzap. Harlau, Romania, August 1923.