At JGSGB’s recent February program Vera Meyer shared one hundred 3D glass slides with speakers George Mutter and Bernard Fishman, the creators of Photoarchive 3D, a digitized archive of over 30,000 original stereographic 19th and early 20th century historical images.
Meyers’ mother brought the 3D photos to the US when she fled Berlin in 1936. At that time it was still possible to bring many of their possessions with them by ship including their family slides, Rosenthal china, silver tableware and a Bechstein B grand piano.
Meyers grandfather was an amateur photographer and he recorded scenes of family trips including mountain-climbing, skiing in the Alps and beach scenes in the North Sea, a popular vacation spot for German Jews. Some are backyard scenes and images of their home in Berlin. Mutter and Fisman told Meyer that the slides might be quite rare. Mutter will clean and inventory Meyer’s slides, and then digitize and convert them to projectable 3D images.
Meyer plans to make them available to a broad audience as part of her work preserving and promoting German Jewish history and culture. She has a Facebook group named “JEWS – Jekkes Engaged Worldwide in Social Networking that she described in a December 2015 article in San Diego Jewish World, FB group explores German- Jewish identity.