Thursday, March 09, 2006

Snapshots From the Edge

Chilling recollections of a Polish POW in World War II who was ordered to photograph Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz before they were sent to the crematoriums. And then , later, some of the people whom Mengele experimented on:
For years afterward, photographer Wilhelm Brasse saw them in his dreams -- emaciated Jewish girls, herded naked in front of his camera at Auschwitz.

Eventually, his dreams stopped. But he never took pictures again.

"I didn't return to my profession, because those Jewish kids, and the naked Jewish girls, constantly flashed before my eyes," he said.

"Even more so because I knew that later, after taking their pictures, they would just go to the gas."

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