Photographer Henryk Ross (1910–1991) recorded the daily struggles of the Jewish community in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland during the Nazi regime (1940–45). When the Germans ordered the final liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto in 1944, Ross buried his negatives, hoping to preserve a historical record. Although many were destroyed by moisture, thousands miraculously survived, along with groups of original prints, curfew notices, and clippings. Hear how this rare record documents the grim realities and ultimate tragedy of the Lodz Ghetto.

Maia-Mari Sutnik, curator emeritus, Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario

Above: Henryk Ross, Lodz ghetto: Henryk Ross photographing for Identification cards, Jewish Administration, Department of Statistics, 1940. Gelatin silver print. Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift from Archive of Modern Conflict, 2007.


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