"A profusion of extraordinary old photographs are at the heart of Koerner’s indispensable How They Lived: The Everyday Lives of Hungarian. Jews. 1867-1940. 'The problem,' he writes, 'was not so much finding new, previously unknown photos (though of course I managed to find quite a few), but to organize them so that they become parts of a cohesive narrative. Also, there are some subjects, like people’s clothing and the apartment furnishings of which tell us about their mentalities that can be better studied with the help of photos than by text alone.' He was surprised to discover that he was filling in a lacuna."