© Stdtarchiv Lörrach

The series of pictures shown here, which encompasses 42 photographs of the deportation of the Jews in Lörrach on October 22, 1940 and of the auctioning of property from their homes a few weeks after this public crime, is a devastating visual document of those events. The original negatives for both series, which were taken by a police officer, have survived. The scarcity of written records of these events lends particular importance to the visual sources, although they reflect the perspective of the perpetrators who commissioned the photos. They give us a very immediate sense of the atmosphere of these events, illuminating facets of the social history of this Nazi crime, which was only one among so many. They preserve in pictures the faces of those who were involved on the side of the perpetrators, but also demonstrate that this crime was, in part, committed publicly, in full view of numerous spectators.

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