A Child at Gunpoint: A Case Study in the Life of a Photo

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Widely regarded as the most haunting image we have of the Holocaust, the photo of a young boy with his hands up being driven from the Warsaw ghetto has served as a touchstone for everyone from the Nuremberg prosecutors to Elie Wiesel, and from Susan Sontag to revisionist ranters on the web. Yet despite its enduring status in both popular and academic circles, this touchstone of inhumanity has elicited surprisingly little sustained commentary. In this book, Richard Raskin provides the first extended consideration ...

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This book will interest anyone wishing to know more about the photo of the boy with raised hands, taken in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, and widely considered the single most ... striking image we have of the Holocaust. Based largely on new research carried out in Warsaw, the book traces the origins of the SS album in which the picture first appeared, considering what meaning the photo had for the SS elite., English, Year2004, Illust. B/W191, Illust. Color26, ISBN 8779340997, Code 5461. Softbound, In Pristine Condition, Bios. Bibl. Index. Pages 192, Size 9 1/2"x 7" 1. Read more Show Less

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Widely regarded as the most haunting image we have of the Holocaust, the photo of a young boy with his hands up being driven from the Warsaw ghetto has served as a touchstone for everyone from the Nuremberg prosecutors to Elie Wiesel, and from Susan Sontag to revisionist ranters on the web. Yet despite its enduring status in both popular and academic circles, this touchstone of inhumanity has elicited surprisingly little sustained commentary. In this book, Richard Raskin provides the first extended consideration of this photo by examining it from multiple perspectives. He begins by attempting to describe it objectively as a photographic artifact, carefully detailing its components and composition. He then presents a history of how it came about: to illustrate a report that SS General Jugen Stroop compiled in 1943, documenting for Himmler how he had crushed the ghetto uprising that spring. The next chapter is devoted to the claims made for the identity of the boy with his hands up, as well as for the other captives and the SS man with the machine gun. The remainder of the book addresses some representative artistic and polemical uses to which the image has been subjected.

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  • ISBN-13: 9788779340992
  • Publisher: Aarhus University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A close look at the photograph 11
Ch. 2 The origins of the photo : the Stroop report 25
Ch. 3 The photograph in context 71
Ch. 4 Identities 81
Ch. 5 The role of the photograph in selected works of art 105
Ch. 6 Palestinian parallels? : uses of the photo in a war of images 157
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