The Holocaust is without a doubt one of the most horrific atrocities in human history. Millions of Jews lost their lives, and families were separated throughout
Europe.And another side of this heinous crime is that an entire period in history has been lost by those who lived in it.
As a result, the works of millions of intellectuals, writers, and artists have disappeared. But this tragic truth is what makes this story so much more amazing.
During the Holocaust, in 1944, Henryk Ross was in the Lodz ghetto in occupied Poland. Ross was a street photographer who was forced to take propaganda photos for
the Nazi regime. During this time, he risked his life to document the daily life in the Lodge Ghetto so that future generations could see what was happening there.
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Here are 13 amazing photos taken by Henryk Ross:
1. Ross digs and takes out the pictures he hid (1945)
2. Portrait of a couple (1940-1944)
3. A man rescues a bible scroll from the ruins of a synagogue (1940)
This picture illustrates how Ross was forced to take a picture. The blur and ambiguity of the image suggest that he took it quickly so that they would not notice.
4. A child looking for food in the ground (1940-1944)
5. A man walks in the ruins of a synagogue in the snow (1940)
6. A Woman Hugging Her Child (1942)
Although most of the pictures are gloomy, this picture symbolizes the love and hope that the people who lived in the ghetto had
7. Utensils of people sent to extermination camps (1944)
8. A sign for a residential building in which Jews lived (1940-1944)
9. A gathering point in the Lodge ghetto (1940-1942)
A difficult picture showing the moment when families were separated
10. A wedding in the ghetto (1940-1944)
11. A baby swinging in the ghetto (1940-1944)
12. Portrait of a Little Girl (1940-1944)
13. Children being taken to an extermination camp
Although many pictures of Ross show pure evil and human suffering, they also show the dignity and nobility of those photographed. Through them, Ross tries to
preserve the memory of those who were forced to suffer at the hands of the Nazis. There are more pictures, which are on display at the Art Gallery in Ontario, Canada.
Click here to view more photos of Ross