March 25, 2019 - Jewish Ghetto Photography

Jewish Ghetto Photography

Monday, March 25, 7:30 pm, Textor 101, Ithaca College

Judy Cohen
Director of the Photo Archive
Chief Acquisitions Curator
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The vast majority and best known Holocaust photography was taken by German photographers. These photos include such iconic images as the Warsaw ghetto boy and the selections at Auschwitz. We therefore, to large part, visually imagine the Holocaust through Nazi eyes. However, there also exists a considerable corpus of Jewish ghetto photography taken both by professional and amateur photographers. These photographs not only capture aspects of the ghetto hidden to the Germans, but also show layers of ambiguity and nuance that the official photos miss. How do these photographs differ from the better known Nazi photographs? Does it matter who took the photo or just what appears in the image?

This talk is free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Rebecca Lesses at or (607) 274-3556. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies program at Ithaca College.

Jews at a fence during WWII