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Grief: The Biography of a Holocaust Photograph

David Shneer


In January 1942, Soviet photographers came upon a scene like none they had ever documented. That day, they took pictures of the first liberation of a German mass atrocity site, where an estimated seven thousand Jews and others were executed at a trench near Kerch on the Crimean peninsula. Dmitri Baltermants, a photojournalist working for the Soviet newspaper Izvestiia, took pictures that day that would have a long life in shaping the image of Nazi genocide in and against the Soviet Union. Presenting never-before-seen photographs, Grief: The Biography of a Holocaust Photograph shows how Balterm ... More

Keywords: photography, Holocaust, genocide, World War II, Soviet Jews, Cold War, art market, Soviet Union, cultural diplomacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190923815
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190923815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Shneer, author
Louis P. Singer Chair in Jewish History and Professor of History, Jewish Studies, and Religious Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder