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The Auschwitz photographer : Based on the true story of Wilhelm Brasse prisoner 3444

The Auschwitz photographer : Based on the true story of Wilhelm Brasse prisoner 3444
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Barcode Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
S0007179957 092 Bra
Adult Non Fiction Biographies   Hay . Automatically Renewed . 3 Jul 2021
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ISBN 9780857527462
Call Number 092 Bra
Author Crippa, Luca 1964-,
Title The Auschwitz photographer : Based on the true story of Wilhelm Brasse prisoner 3444
Place of production London : Doubleday, 2021
Notes When Germany invaded Wilhelm Brasse's native Poland in 1939, he was asked to swear allegiance to Hitler and join the Wehrmacht. He refused. He was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp as political prisoner number 3444. A trained portrait photographer, he was ordered by the SS to record the inner workings of the camp. He began by taking identification photographs of prisoners as they entered the camp, went on to capture the criminal medical experiments of Josef Mengele, and also recorded executions. Between 1940 and 1945, Brasse took around 50,000 photographs of the horror around him. He took them because he had no choice. Eventually, Brasse's conscience wouldn't allow him to hide behind his camera. First he risked his life by joining the camp's Resistance movement, faking documents for prisoners, trying to smuggle images to the outside world to reveal what was happening. Then, when Soviet troops finally advanced on the camp to liberate it, Brasse refused SS orders to destroy his photographs. 'Because the world must know,' he said.
Primary Language Spoken Translated from the Italian.
Subject Added Entry - Personal Name Brasse, Wilhelm
Subject Added Entry-Corporate Name Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Subject Added Entry - Topical Biographies
Concentration camp inmates Poland
Portrait photographers Poland
Genre Biographies
Personal Name Onnis, Maurizio 1963-
Higgins, Jennifer, 1978-
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