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Poland, 1946: The Photographs and Letters of John Vachon 
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188 pages 
Smithsonian Institution Press 
Published 1995 
From Book News, Inc. 
Vachon, who had been part of the photographic team working for the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s, was sent to Poland in 1946 by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration to document that agency's aid efforts. Despite their impressive content, most of the pictures he took in Poland were put away in archives without being published. They are presented here along with letters he wrote to his wife and an afterword by his daughter. No scholarly trappings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.  
In the spring of 1946, as Poland was beginning to recover from five years of Nazi terror, American photographer John Vachon was assigned to cover United Nations relief efforts there. Taken with a keen yet sympathetic eye, these 78 photos reveal the destitution and unfounded optimism of the Poles, many returning from German labor camps, and document a nation at the crossroads of the postwar East and West.

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John Vachon's America: Photographs and Letters from the Depression to World War II 
John Vachon; & Miles Orvell (Editor)
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