The Lodz ghetto photographs of Henryk Ross
'Henryk Ross's images, taken from 1940 to 1945, provide an extraordinary glimpse into Jewish life in the Lodz Ghetto during a harrowing period in history. Jews imprisoned by the German Nazi regime lived - and often died - under deplorable conditions. Ross served as an official photographer for the ghetto Jewish administration, but he also risked his life to take illegal photographs that document the grim realities of Lodz Ghetto residents. Before the ghetto was shut down, Ross buried his negatives with other artifacts, hoping that his collection might one day become part of the public history of World War II. Fortunately, he was able to recover the buried material when the Lodz Ghetto was liberated in 1945. His incomparable collection was given to the AGO by the Archive of Modern Conflict in 2007 and shown at the AGO for the first time in the exhibition Memory Unearthed, which ran from January 31 to- June 14, 2015.'