Martin Elkort Photography

ORT School

The Bramson ORT School for occupation rehabilitation and training was a trade school on the Lower East Side of New York City. These photos were taken inside the school, in 1951, when Martin Elkort spent a day among the primarily immigrant Jews, as they spent their day learning new skills. Many workers bear the tattoos that evidenced their recent liberation from the Holocaust. Seamstress, tailor, pattern makers, pressers; here they learned a trade that was much needed in New York’s growing fashion and garment district. During 1951, some 20,000 Jews received vocational training at the Bramson ORT School.
ORT School