Lecture: Jewish Ghetto Photographers

February 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Alan Ostrow Memorial Lecture Series
Jewish Ghetto Photographers: Reimagining the Holocaust

Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The vast majority of Holocaust photography, and the best known, was taken by German photographers. These photos include such iconic images as the Warsaw ghetto boy and the selections at Auschwitz. Therefore, we largely visualize the Holocaust through Nazi eyes. However, there also exists a considerable corpus of Jewish ghetto photography taken both by professional and amateur photographers. These photographs not only capture aspects of the ghetto hidden to the Germans, but also show layers of ambiguity and nuance that the official photos miss. How do these photographs differ from the better-known Nazi photographs? Does it matter who took the photo, or just what appears in the image?

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Henryk Ross, Ghetto police with woman behind barbed wire, 1940-1944
Henryk Ross, Ghetto police with woman behind barbed wire, 1940-1944, gelatin silver print, Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, gift from Archive of Modern Conflict, 2007, © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.