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A WWII Photographer’s Buried Wooden Box Show The True Picture of Life Inside The Lodz Ghetto


1940-1944
Inside the Lodz Ghetto

A record from the Nazi concentration camps unveils the truth inside the Lodz Ghetto. It is a photographic record of atrocities buried in a wooden box from the inside of the Lodz Ghetto.

A man walks in winter in the ruins of the synagogue on Wolborska street (destroyed by Germans in 1939).

The WWII started by Germany when they invaded Poland in 1939. They created walled ghettos in the big cities for the Jewish citizens imprisonment and concentration.

Sign for Jewish residential area (“Jews. Entry Forbidden”).

IMAGE: HENRYK ROSS, COLLECTION OF THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

Henryk Ross was working as a news and sports photographer in Lodz. Once in the concentration camps he was appointed to photograph for identification and propaganda in the Nazi run factories where Jews labor force was working to produce goods and supplies for German Army.

A boy is walking in front of the bridge crossing Zigerska (the “Aryan”) street.

When he was off duty, he risked his life by photographing and documenting horrific realities. He has recored the stories of starvation, disease and merciless shooting of innocents by peeking through cracked walls, doorways and hidden pockets of his overcoat.

He captured tens of thousand of Jewish people’s fatalities as they were being transported from the ghettos to the concentration camps at Chelmno Nad Nerem and Auschwitz.

He also successfully shot the minutes of joys, plays and concerts they enjoyed during their weddings.

He said:

‘I buried my negatives in the ground in order that there should be some record of our tragedy.’ The photographs of Henryk Ross.

“Soup for lunch”: Men eat from pails in the Lodz Ghetto. (Henryk Ross/Art Gallery of Ontario/Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
The wife and child of a police officer in the Lodz Ghetto. (Henryk Ross/Art Gallery of Ontario/Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Children talk through the fence of the central prison on Czarnecki Street before deportation from the Lodz Ghetto. (Henryk Ross/Art Gallery of Ontario/Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Children being transported to Chelmno nad Nerem (renamed Kulmhof) death camp from the Lodz Ghetto. (Henryk Ross/Art Gallery of Ontario/Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
A scarecrow in the Lodz Ghetto. (Henryk Ross/Art Gallery of Ontario/Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

n exhibition, “Memory Unearthed,” organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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