Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Snapshots of a vanished world: Jewish Tunisia

With thanks : Dominique and Michelle Malca

The Picture-A-Day website has unveiled more photographs from its Tunisian-Jewish collection.
The above mother and daughter picture, taken 150 years ago on the Tunisian seashore, pops up in three different photographic collections - the Jewish Postcard Collection, the Yeshiva University Museum's collection and the Comfort Collection.

 This photograph shows keeners, or paid mourners, wearing the  traditional conical headdresses, in a Tunisian Jewish cemetery.

Another good resource is the archive of the Jewish humanitarian agency, the American Joint Distribution Committee. Here's a wonderful picture of an exercise class taken at the Alliance school in Tunis in 1954.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great pictures. Just goes to show that we were civilised a very long time before the others.
sorry for being so proud of my Jewish heritage.It's in my blood and nothing or no one can change that!
sultana latifa