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Photography and the Holocaust: Then & Now – by Robert Hirsch


Essay # 7 LIBERATION by Robert Hirsch

This essay examines the role photography has played in shaping a public Holocaust narrative following the arrival of Soviet and Allied forces at the Nazi work and death camps. This piece also scrutinizes the complex emotional, physical, and political challenges the liberated prisoners confronted and how their liberators attempted to assist them in salvaging their devastated lives at the start of the Post World War II Cold War.

Robert Hirsch


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To view the previous essays visit the VASA Table of Contents at

This series of VASA essays is being expanded into an CEPA Gallery ( curatorial project that will open in January 2024. It will feature over 15 contemporary international artists whose practice incorporates new and reimagined works that grapple with the Holocaust and its enduring impact today. The plan also includes a virtual walkthrough and online community gallery, public art installations, a virtual and live speaker series, community conversations, youth and adult workshops, and community programming, as well as a virtual Holocaust timeline and publication with essays by historians and scholars.

For more on this subject see: Robert Hirsch’s Ghosts: French Holocaust Children catalog at

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