Auschwitz: A History in Photographs

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More than 280 documentary photographs and reproductions of artworks by former prisoners record the history of the Auschwitz concentration camp, from its initial construction, through the horrors of the Holocaust, to its modern-day appearance.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Polish

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Indiana University Press is publishing Auschwitz in English in association with the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museums; the book was first published in 1980 in Poland. There are 290 black-and-white photographs and 20 color photos from the years during the operation of the concentration camp (the largest extermination center for European Jews) and from the period immediately following the camp's liberation in 1945. The best-known SS photos are those taken in 1944 of the Jews from Hungary (an album containing the photos was found accidentally by a Slovak Jew). Some photos were taken illegally by people from secret organizations, aerial photos were taken by Allied planes, some photos were taken by film operators of the liberating Soviet army, and others were taken by a soldier of the Polish army and by a Polish Red Cross worker. There are photos of the gas chambers, of Jews being herded off trains, of women prisoners with shaved heads, of prisoners at work, of women and children who had undergone medical experiments, of carts loaded with bodies, of Jews being led to the gas chambers, and of human remains in the crematoriums. There is also a section of pictures and drawings by prisoners, chronicling the cruelty and inhumanity in the camp. Horrifying and distressing, to be sure; but in this age of Holocaust denial, here is undeniable visual evidence of the macabre truth. George Cohen

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