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A well-dressed woman poses on a commercial street in the Warsaw ghetto.

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    A well-dressed woman poses on a commercial street in the Warsaw ghetto.
    A well-dressed woman poses on a commercial street in the Warsaw ghetto.  

Joest's original caption reads: "She looked cultivated, this lady in fancy dress with a purse under her arm and a roll of paper in her hand.  I do not know what I thought at that time: may I actually photograph you?  Strangely enough I did not think this when I saw poorly dressed people."

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    A well-dressed woman poses on a commercial street in the Warsaw ghetto.

    Joest's original caption reads: "She looked cultivated, this lady in fancy dress with a purse under her arm and a roll of paper in her hand. I do not know what I thought at that time: may I actually photograph you? Strangely enough I did not think this when I saw poorly dressed people."
    Photographer
    Heinrich Joest
    Date
    1941 September 19
    Locale
    Warsaw, Poland
    Variant Locale
    Warszawa
    Varshava
    Warschau
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Guenther Schwarberg

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Guenther Schwarberg
    Source Record ID: Collections: 2004.1.41
    Second Record ID: Collections: 2004.1.1

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    Biography
    Heinrich Joest, German army sergeant during World War II who photographed the Warsaw ghetto. Jost was in his early forties, the owner of a hotel in Langenlonsheim, when he was called to serve in the German army during World War II. On September 19,1941, his birthday, Joest was stationed in Warsaw. On that day he decided to take his Rolleiflex camera into the ghetto because he wanted "to see what went on behind the ghetto walls." Once inside, Joest shot 140 images of every aspect of ghetto life and death. He kept the images to himself until 1982 when he met Guenther Schwarberg, a reporter for "Der Stern" magazine, who interviewed him and facilitated the publication of some of his images in 1988.
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