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Three Jewish men sit outside the entrance to a building in the Warsaw ghetto.

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    Three Jewish men sit outside the entrance to a building in the Warsaw ghetto.
    Three Jewish men sit outside the entrance to a building in the Warsaw ghetto.

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    Caption
    Three Jewish men sit outside the entrance to a building in the Warsaw ghetto.
    Photographer
    Willy Georg
    Date
    June 1941 - August 1941
    Locale
    Warsaw, Poland
    Variant Locale
    Warszawa
    Varshava
    Warschau
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Rafael Scharf

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Rafael Scharf

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    Biography
    Willy Georg (b. 1911), German soldier and photographer who took pictures in the Warsaw ghetto. Born in Muenster, Germany, Georg served as a radio operator in the German army during World War II. An accomplished photographer, Georg supplemented his income by taking pictures of his fellow soldiers with his Leica camera. In the summer of 1941 when his unit was stationed in Warsaw, Georg was issued a pass by one of his officers and instructed to enter the enclosed ghetto and bring back photos of what he saw. Georg shot four rolls of film and began to shoot a fifth when he was stopped by a detachment of German police. Failing to check his pockets for finished rolls of film, the police confiscated only the film in his camera before escorting him out of the ghetto. Georg developed the four rolls of film himself at a lab in Warsaw and sent them home to his wife in Muenster. He kept the existence of these photographs to himself for the next fifty years. In the late 1980s or early 90s, Georg met Rafael Scharf, a Polish Jew from London working in the field of Polish-Jewish studies, and gave him his Warsaw ghetto photographs. Scharf then published a selection of these photographs in his "In the Warsaw Ghetto: Summer 1941," Aperture, 1993.
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