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Henryk Ross

Born in 1910, Henryk Ross was employed as a photographer by the Department of Statistics for the Jewish Council within the Lodz ghetto during the Holocaust. His use of an official camera, and his status within the ghetto administration, gave him unparalleled access into the daily lives of hundreds of Jews, whose lives he recorded in the form of thousands of prints and negatives. In 1944, just prior to the closure of the Lodz ghetto, Ross buried this treasure trove of images to leave a historical record of what had passed.

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Books

Lodz Ghetto Album

In the spring of 1940, the German forces occupying Poland drove the Jews of Lodz into the Holocaust’s second-largest and most hermetically-sealed ghetto. It functioned both as a sweatshop serving the German war effort, and a prison for Jews en route to the death camps of Chelmno and Auschwitz. Self-governed by its Council of Elders – with its own police force, currency and postage stamps – its leader was the notorious Chaim Rumkowski. He complied with Nazi orders, believing that the value of Lodz’s labour might secure survival for the majority. History proved him decisively wrong: 95% of the ghetto’s inmates perished. Those who survived starvation rations, disease and prior deportations were removed to the gas chambers of Auschwitz when the ghetto was liquidated in 1944.

Henryk Ross was a photographer employed by the ghetto’s Department of Statistics who kept a clandestine diary of ghetto life in powerful and often brilliant images. When the ghetto’s liquidation began, he buried them. A survivor, he dug them up after the war, releasing many that were to become icons of the Holocaust’s atrocities. But he released only a minority of the pictures during his lifetime. After Ross’s death in 1991, his archive – the most extensive collection of ghetto photographs by any single photographer – was acquired by the Archive of Modern Conflict in London.
Text by: Thomas Weber

Publisher: Chris Boot (2004)
160 pages
Size: 21 x 24 cm
ISBN :978-0954281373   

Exhibitions



Lodz's Ghetto (Lyon)
From 2010-10-21 to 2011-02-13

The exhibitions of the CHRD becomes attached alternately to the values of the Resistance, to the current events of human rights or to the lifes of committed individuals. In this way, the CHRD presents " Lodz's Ghetto" by Henryk Ross.\rHenryk Ross was a photographer employed by the ghetto's department of statistics who kept a clandestine diary of ghetto life in powerful and often brillant images. When the ghetto's liquidation began, he buried them. A survivor, he dug them up after the war, releasing many that were to become icons of the Holocaust's atrocities. But he released only a minority...

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