“Yad Vashem”the Israeli State National Holocaust and Heroism Memorial, brought to Berlin the exhibition “Flashes of Memory. Fotografie im Holocaust”). They show it at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, reports on Friday, March 24, the website of the institution.
The exposition tells how the world was seen by people during the war through the lens of a camera. The exhibition features both photographs taken by Nazi propaganda photographers and photographs taken by Jewish photographers in the ghetto. In addition, here you can see photographs of war correspondents of the allied forces taken during the liberation of the ghettos and concentration camps.
For the Nazi regime, photography and cinema played a crucial role in manipulating and mobilizing the masses. Conversely, the work of Jewish photographers was part of the struggle for the survival of people locked in the ghetto and part of their underground activities. The pictures documented the crimes of the Nazis and the tragedy of the Jewish people, spreading the word about it around the world. Being a photographer in the ghetto was an important task and a very risky business.
Nazi atrocities captured on film by the Allied liberators were used as evidence in trials in which war criminals were tried.
“Flashes of Memory” is not just archival photographic materials, it is our collective visual memory of that time, as well as the basis of our knowledge about the Holocaust, the organizers are sure. The exhibition was shown for the first time in Israel – in Jerusalem in 2018. In Berlin, the exposition will be available until August 20, 2023.