Thinking about Holocaust Photos PLEASE NOTE THAT PHOTOS CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES
Question Sheet • How could we date this photograph if we did not know when it was taken? Look for clues in the clothing and hair styles, furniture, automobiles, buildings, street fixtures, and other objects in the photograph. The characteristics of the photograph itself (sepia tones, black and white, color, etc.) may also help date a photograph. • Where was the photograph taken? Was the setting of the photograph inside, in a studio or home, or another kind of building? Was the photo taken outside on the street, in a park, or in the countryside? Are there any clues given by written language, vegetation, or topographical features? • Who are the people in the photograph? Look at clothing and hair styles, setting, body language, and objects to help determine social, economic, or political status, country of origin, and so on. Are there any emotions detectable in the people? Do you think the people in the photograph are related? • What does the photograph tell you about the photographer? Does the angle of the photograph give you any information? • What time of day was the photograph taken? Evidence may include a timepiece or shadow length. Does that give you more information about the subject? • What time of year was the photograph taken? What clues other than vegetation and type of clothing worn might provide some evidence? • What, if anything, is unusual about the photograph? What is commonplace?
Other Famous Photos • What is the photographer trying to convey? • Vietnam
Holocaust Photos • Please look at your question sheet while viewing the photos • German soldiers of the Reich Labor Service look on as a member of Einsatzgruppe D prepares to shoot a Ukrainian Jew kneeling on the edge of a mass grave filled with the bodies of previous victims.
Nazi soldiers were often entertained by orchestras by entirely of imprisoned Jews.
A German girl is overcome as she walks past the exhumed bodies of some of the 800 slave workers murdered by the SS guards.