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The 18 Most Iconic Jewish Photos Ever Taken

Shalom Life compiles a list of the most iconic photos of Jewish life
By: David Shear
Published: July 10th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News
Four of the 18 photos featured on the list

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Shalom Life recently searched the virtual darkrooms of photographers across the globe in a quest to find, and provide to you, 18 of the most iconic, timeless, and relevant Jewish-themed photos. Whether these famous photos are the representation of events of historical significance, political importance, watershed moments or just plain, good old fun, sit back, relax and enjoy these precious 18,000 words of Jewish life!


Albert Einstein


Albert Einstein is probably one of the most popular figures of all times. He is considered a genius because he created the Theory of Relativity, and so, challenged Newton's laws, that were the basis of everything known in physics until the beginning of the 20th century. But, as a person, he was considered a beatnik, and this picture, taken on March 14, 1951 proves that.

Jewish Woman Defying Israeli Security Forces - Oded Balilty


This picture won the Pulitzer Breaking News Photography 2007 award. Photo’s citation reads, "Awarded to Oded Balilty of The Associated Press for his powerful photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank."

Hall of Famer Serves his Country


This is Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Greenberg, who served in the U.S. Air Army Corp between 41-45, taking 4 years off his very successful career to serve his country where he attained the rank of captain and severed in the pacific theater. Before enlisting, he came close to beating Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a season, which wasn't broken because opposing pitchers refused to pitch him the ball since they didn't want a Jew to have the record.

Last Jew of Vinnitsa


Picture from an Einsatzgruppen soldier’s personal album, labeled on the back as "Last Jew of Vinnitsa", it shows a member of Einsatzgruppe D is just about to shoot a Jewish man kneeling before a filled mass grave in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, in 1941. All 28,000 Jews from Vinnitsa and its surrounding areas were massacred at the time.

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