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Nazi photo album sparks search for mysterious photographer

The Local · 21 Jun 2011, 14:15

Published: 21 Jun 2011 14:15 GMT+02:00

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Published online by the New York Times on Tuesday, the album contains skilled shots by a talented wartime photographer with access to the top levels of the Nazi leadership.

Several pictures follow the Wehrmacht’s eastward march in 1941 known as Operation Barbarossa, which started 70 years ago this week.

Besides snapping pictures of Hitler from only a few feet away, the photographer took poignant photos of prisoners of war, captive Jews and average German soldiers.

The New York Times reported that it was loaned the album by a 72-year-old executive in the fashion industry who lives in New Jersey. The man wants to determine its origins in the hope of increasing its value to pay medical bills.

“I knew I had a part of history,” the executive told the newspaper, “and I was very troubled about it falling into the wrong hands. But my needs are great.”

The New York Times has shared the photos with German news weekly magazine Der Spiegel with the aim of uncovering the identity of the photographer and some of his subjects in the album.

Judith Cohen from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum told the paper the unknown photographer was almost certainly a member of the Propagandakompanie, which was the field unit of the German army’s propaganda corps.

“This album differs from most other albums in the quality of the photos,” Cohen said. “The photographer was clearly a professional and knew what he was doing. It is possible that it is a personal album of a PK photographer.”

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Your comments about this article

18:17 June 21, 2011 by german-guardian
a lot of the photos could be fabricated by photoshop or other technology. why all of a sudden, these pictures show up in New York after 70 years
20:43 June 21, 2011 by whpmgr
why? Because they did. Not everything is suspect sometimes it takes a while for things to resurface, but there is a reason, and only fate knows what that is
11:59 June 22, 2011 by Celeon
The photographer was identified as being austrian photographer and journalist Franz Krieger (1914-1993) working for the propaganda bureau of the nazi party at that time.

The reason why the New York Times publishes it now is that today is the 70th anniversary of the largest military operation in history, the invasion of the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa.
17:00 June 22, 2011 by german-guardian
Still, the photos could had been fabricated. Think, after 70 years, photos surface in New York, and published by New York Times, the most biased magazine of history. mmm...
10:56 June 23, 2011 by MfromUSA
There are ways to easily determine if photoshop or other methods of altering photos is used.

Do you REALLY think that these pictures were not examined for this?

Maybe the photos were stored away by someone who just forgot about them and then died....and then the surviving family discovers them when they clean out the house for an estate sale.

Just think...after 70 years a family goes through the personal belongings of the deceased and finds pictures!!!!! WOW!!!!
17:12 June 23, 2011 by german-guardian
@ MfromUSA

OR it could be that someone in a research facility has developed a super technology that can fabricate, things such as these pictures, and because no one knows about it, it can not be tested to see if they are truly fake. Again technology is improving very fast. They might had created this based on an especial photo paper that can be very old. Any way, I just think they could be fake. I don't know

I think the user "whpmgr" is right, only fate knows that.
02:51 June 25, 2011 by TheSGM
If their was ever a response that was parinoid and conspiracy theorist driven the 'german-guardian' fits the bill
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