puzzle over concentation camp prisoner photograph
- From: apollo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (apollo)
- Date: 14 Feb 2011 19:49:19 -0800
I have a black-and-white photo of a great-uncle of mine in which he is wearing the striped prisoner clothes of the concentration camps and is standing in front of a curtain in what appears to be a formal studio-style photo. No-one in the family knows when, where or why this photo was taken. My great-uncle, a Polish Jew, survived Auschwitz, Buchenwald and other camps, but somehow I don't think the Germans got their prisoners to line up for formal portraits during the war, so I'm guessing it was probably taken afterwards, maybe by the Americans who liberated him (in southern Germany) or by those running the DP camp (near Munich) where he stayed after the war. Maybe it was taken for the purposes of evidence and/or a compensation claim. My great-uncle looks thin in the photo, but he was always thin, even decades after the war, so that doesn't help pin any time frame down. Does anyone know if the liberating troops or the DP camp staff took formal photos of the people there? Does anyone have any other ideas when and where a photo like this could have been taken?
Thanks in advance,
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
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