Memory Unearthed, The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

Exhibition at the MFA, Boston

March 25, 2017 to July 30, 2017 – Multiple locations

“I buried my negatives in the ground in order that there should be some record of our tragedy.”

—Henryk Ross


Henryk Ross was among those confined to the ghetto in 1940 and he was put to work by the Nazi regime as a bureaucratic photographer for the Jewish Administration’s Statistics department. Ross took o#cial photographs for Jewish identification cards, as well as images used as propaganda that promoted the ghetto’s efficiency. Uno#cially—and at great risk—Ross documented the brutal realities of life under Nazi rule, culminating in the deportation of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz. Hoping to preserve a historical record, Ross buried his negatives in 1944. He returned for them a$er Lodz’s liberation, discovering that more than half of the original 6,000 survived.



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