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

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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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