Wedding photograph of Mr. & Mrs. Stendig of Lezajsk, taken in 1921.
The YU Museum has an exhibit of photographs of Jews taken in Poland before the Holocaust. Those not familar with the history may be shocked at the number of Jews without beards or head coverings. Unlike what your rabbis may have told you, the vast majority of Poland's Jews were no longer Orthodox in observance by the 1920s. The above couple, for example, is from the 'hometown' of the Noam Elimelech. Not what one would expect if he learned his history from Yated Ne'eman, HaModia, Rabbi Paysach Krohn, or in yeshiva or seminary.
Elie Wiesel, when he saw this homespun collection, is said to have told friends that you want to grab these people and warn them: “Run away! Do something!” But of course most Jews did not perceive the scope of the menace they faced.
Except, of course for one man – Jabotinsky.