Sunday 24 September 2017

Robert Fisk: Picture that reveals real horror of the Holocaust

A German soldier points his weapon at a woman holding a child in the Ukraine while three or four people crouch down during World War Two.
A German soldier points his weapon at a woman holding a child in the Ukraine while three or four people crouch down during World War Two.

Robert Fisk

In 1942, in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, a Polish postal official working for the resistance opened a letter sent by a German soldier to his family.

Inside was a photograph that so shocked the man he forwarded it to the Polish underground; thus it fell into the hands of a brave16-year-old called Jerzy Tomaszewski, one of whose tasks was to pass on evidence of German atrocities to London so that the Allies could publicise Nazi cruelties in Eastern Europe.

Mr Tomaszewski made a duplicate of the photograph for London and kept the original. He is still alive and, more than 60 years later, allowed freelance documentary photographer and writer Janina Struk to see the precious and terrible evidence -- from which she made a perfect copy.

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