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Album of the Damned: Snapshots from the Third Reich

 
 
Author
Paul Garson.
Publisher Academy Chicago  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 11.25 x 8.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780897335768
Pages/Publication Date 408/2008
Daedalus Item Code 61740
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Among the most chilling perspectives on World War II that we've seen, this album presents nearly 400 personal photos from Nazi Germany; most were taken by German soldiers, while some were by civilians and some by professional photographers with the troops. Many depict smiling people going about their everyday livesójobs, weddings, dinners, and musical and other eventsówhile Europe was at war, and it is the seemingly ordinary aspect of these snapshots (other than the Nazi paraphernalia) that makes them so disturbing. Here too are photos of Eastern Europeans, Gypsies, Africans, and Jews, taken as souvenirs by soldiers who would soon be imprisoning or murdering their subjects.

"The photos in this book remind us that evil acts are not usually committed by evil people, but by common people who lack the courage to question the acts required by their authority figures. This book shows us that we all need to focus on fighting the evil within, something we all have the potential for, because if we do not, then that evil sometimes can blind us to our actions."óBryan Mark Rigg

"It's practically impossible not to identify with these scenes of domestic life, making the juxtaposition of Nazi ephemera, costumes and soldiers both sharper and more human: the young boy standing at attention in his backyard like a Cub Scout is actually a member of Jungfolk, the organization that prepares kids for the Hitler Youth. Writer and photographer [Paul] Garson provides ample historical context and Third Reich trivia without overwhelming or overreaching. What Garson wants to know, looking 'into the very faces of men and women, often smiling faces' is that old chestnut: how do 'such ordinary people ... commit such extraordinary crimes?' Though the answer is 'essentially unfathomable,' the folks peering out from this book, though swept up in a nation-wide madness, look an awful lot like ourselves and our neighbors; this, perhaps, is what makes the book so terrifying and arresting."óPublishers Weekly

 
 
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