Heritage, Photography, Trauma

in the warsaw ghetto: photographs by willy georg

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Willy Georg was an old German soldier. He made money by taking photos of young German soldiers. In the summer of 1941 he was given permission to enter Warsaw, the Jewish ghetto and take photographs. He shot four roll of film, but his camera got confiscated whilst he was photographing the fifth roll. Thankfully for Georg the officer who confiscated his camera did not search him and he was able to sneak out four rolls of film. He developed the film and stored them along with the prints for the next fifty years until the late 1980s, until he met Rafael Scharf, a researcher of Polish-Jewish Studies. He gave the photographs to Scharf to study. These  photographs were subsequently published in 1993 in a book called Warsaw Ghetto: Summer 1941. 

I found the photographs so powerful and moving. They are raw. They show ordinary life. The photographs show the horrors but also small moments of joy.

You can find more images here:

http://riowang.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/warsaw-memories.html

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further readings:

http://www.amazon.com/Willy-Georg/e/B000AQ295S

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/inside_the_warsaw_ghetto_summer_1941

http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/10499443?selectedversion=NBD10284663

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One thought on “in the warsaw ghetto: photographs by willy georg

  1. Jacob Kipp says:

    Powerful and so tragic! Let us not forget the ghetto and the fate of the people there. Willy Georg and his photographs show the humanity of those people and only the beginning of their oppression and destruction over the next three years. By the summer of 1943 there would be no ghetto and no Jews left in Warsaw.

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