New Online Archive of Holocaust Photos

The Art Gallery of Ontario has launched an online archive of rare Holocaust photos. “Henryk Ross (1910–1991) was a Polish-Jewish photojournalist employed by the Jewish Administration’s Statistics Department. At great risk to himself, Ross took thousands of photos of daily life in Poland’s Lodz Ghetto, which was occupied by German forces in 1939 and was the country’s second largest ghetto for the Jewish population after Warsaw. Ross hid his negatives by burying them in the ground after the last remaining residents of the ghetto were sent to Auschwitz, and excavated them only after the area was liberated from Nazi occupation in January 1945. Over half of the original 6,000 negatives survived, making his collection one of the largest of its kind to survive the Holocaust.”

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