Lodz Ghetto Album.
Photographs by Henryk Ross. Text by Thomas Weber and foreword by Robert-Jan Van Pelt.
Chris Boot, London, 2004. 160 pp., 110 duotone illustrations, 8¼x9¼".
Before I opened the Lodz Ghetto Album, I braced myself for the "shock and awe" images we've all become accustomed to expect from a Holocaust collection. However, this wonderfully refreshing book of photographs from the archive of Henryk Ross, a Jewish photographer employed by Lodz during the Nazi occupation, promises to disarm and engage like no other Holocaust narrative. The superb selection by Martin Parr and Timothy Prus provides an unexpected portrait of life in the Jewish ghetto during WWII. Hunger and death certainly hold place just beyond the frames of the laughing couples, routine workmen, and lackadaisical Jewish "police" force who kept order there-
their stories all the more poignant because of the extermination
awaiting the majority off camera. Ross took many of these photographs in secret and buried the negatives until he could recover them after the liberation. The exquisite reproductions and enlightening text only add to the power of this volume.
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