Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The world's most well-known photo document of the holocaust

It's the world's most well-known document of the holocaust, and this essay explains why it's a fraud. Everyone has seen the photo of the little boy with his hands raised. But few know that the photo is one of 53 photos from the Stroop Report, a book supposedly created by SS General Jürgen Stroop commemorating the defeat of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The Stroop Report has a written section, a daily report section, and a photo section. The little boy photo is from the photo section. That we get this photo from the Nazis themselves is a surprise to most people. The truth, however, is that we get it from the wartime Jewish Underground. It's just meant to appear like it's from the Nazis. The photo is a real Warsaw photo but outside the ghetto. The photographer, George Kadish, was a member of the Zionist Underground. Thus it's no mistake that the photo engenders sympathy for the Jews and anger toward the Nazis.


Anonymous said...

He went on to become a doctor.

V. said...

Well - the photo would "engender sympathy for the Jews and anger toward the Nazis" anyway, no matter who has taken it.