3D Show of Ghetto Opens in Warsaw
The 48 stereoscopic pictures shown at Warsaw's Fotoplastikon are images of people walking or begging in the streets, street vendors, German troops and the Jewish cemetery. Most of them were taken between 1940, when the ghetto was set up, and 1945, when almost nothing remained of Warsaw's (Poland) Jewish district.
Some of the images are very poignant, like one of a boy searching for lice in his clothes. Ambassador Zvi Rav-Ner said the photos are proof of the immense suffering of the Jews in the ghetto and a warning against nationalist violence.
At the turn of the 19th and early 20th centuries, a Fotoplastikon was a popular device that allowed viewers to watch changing three-dimensional images. The Warsaw Fotoplastikon is unique, in that it is the only one in Poland – and one of the very few in the world – that is still in perfect working condition. Built in the early 20th century, it stands in its original spot (and with only a few breaks due to historical circumstances, it has always been here).
More than 3,000 original photographs are displayed. Since 2008, the device is now under supervision of the Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, web site in Polish language). It is considered by many to be an integral part of the Warsaw identity.
The exhibition is open from 10:00 to 18:00 except on Monday. Free on Sunday; otherwise tickets are available for 4 PLN (1.25$).