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Portrait of photographer Phil Drell standing with his camera in front of a large Jewish star erected for the Dachau camp memorial.

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    Portrait of photographer Phil Drell standing with his camera in front of a large Jewish star erected for the Dachau camp memorial.
    Portrait of photographer Phil Drell standing with his camera in front of a large Jewish star erected for the Dachau camp memorial.

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    Portrait of photographer Phil Drell standing with his camera in front of a large Jewish star erected for the Dachau camp memorial.
    Photographer
    Philip Drell
    Date
    May 1945
    Locale
    Dachau, [Bavaria] Germany
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Philip Drell

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Philip Drell

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    Biography
    Philip Drell was born on March 19, 1919. The son of Russian immigrants, he developed an early interest in photography. In 1942, he was drafted into the army and assigned to the SPECOU group (Special Motion Picture Coverage Unit--Allied Expeditionary Force). Other members included Colonel George Stevens, Irwin Shaw, William Saroyan, and Lester Hemingway. He took pictures of the liberation of Paris and his photographs of Dachau concentration camp show the bodies of victims, the surrender of guards and a celebratory memorial service. Drell received the Bronze Star and a commendation from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, citing its "unusual determination and zeal, frequently in disregard to personal danger."
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