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A black and white photograph depicting a street scene of five boys wearing hats and smiling. Two men in the background wear Jewish armbands.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: “When we think of innocence afflicted, we see those unforgettable children of the Holocaust staring wide-eyed into the cameras of their killers…” (Inga Clendinnen, Reading the Holocaust, p.14.) This photograph captures a group of ghetto children in Lublin, posed standing at attention, smiling for the German photographer behind the camera. One child appears somewhat contracted, as though resisting the imperatives of the pose, or perhaps sensing something that eludes his friends. His expression mirrors the concern conveyed by the man walking behind, crossing the cobblestone street with his friend, both wearing the obligatory armbands which define them as Jews, doffing their caps: less a sign of respect to the Germans arranging this scene than a requirement.
7 x 9"
armband, Jews, Children
1939-1941: Concentration:Ghettos, Einsatzgruppen (Mobile Killing Squads); WWII in Europe
"Inside Poland" (1940). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2014.1.144.