The Auschwitz Photographer
The Forgotten Story of the WWII Prisoner Who Documented Thousands of Lost Souls
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The Nazis asked him to swear allegiance to Hitler, betraying his country, his friends, and everything he believed in.
Poland, 1939. Professional photographer Wilhelm Brasse is deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and finds himself in a deadly race to survive, assigned to work as the camp's intake photographer and take "identity pictures" of prisoners as they arrive by the trainload. Brasse soon discovers his photography skills are in demand from Nazi guards as well, who ask him to take personal portraits for them to send to their families and girlfriends. Behind the camera, Brasse is safe from the terrible fate that so many of his fellow prisoners meet. But over the course of five years, the horrifying scenes his lens capture, including inhumane medical "experiments" led by Josef Mengele, change Brasse forever.
Based on the true story of Wilhelm Brasse, The Auschwitz Photographer is a stark black-and-white reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust. This gripping work of World War II narrative nonfiction takes readers behind the barbed wire fences of the world's most feared concentration camp, bringing Brasse's story to life as he clicks the shutter button thousands of times before ultimately joining the Resistance, defying the Nazis, and defiantly setting down his camera for good.
- Case Count: Hardcover: 16, Paperback: 28
""[T]he authors provide another sharp reminder of the extent of Nazi evil, enhanced by the black-and-white photo insert...A moving story of one man's endurance in the worst imaginable conditions." -Kirkus Reviews" — Kirkus Reviews
""a cinematic portrait....readers will be captivated by this unlikely story of survival and compassion under the cruelest of circumstances." — Publishers Weekly" — Publishers Weekly
""Brasse survived Auschwitz and this book brings his story to life....The account of his life at the camp is written like historical fiction that in no way diminishes the reality of life there as brutal and tragic as it was. It is powerful and difficult reading but essential to understand how hatred and bigotry metamorphosized so easily for some into mass murder of innocent men, women, and children." —Booklist" — Booklist