Mendel Grossman, Lodz Ghetto

This haunting photo shows Mendel Grossman, Jewish photographer, who covertly photographed the Lodz Ghetto in Poland before it was liquidated by the Nazis and Jews sent to concentration camps. His pictures were called as a collection, “Death in Motion.” Grossman was murdered right before liThe photographer Mendel Grosman in Koscielna Square in the Lodz ghetto, next to a pedestrian overpass connecting two parts of the ghetto.beration during a Nazi death march. You see in the context of the photo the horror. In the ghetto, there was no way out. If you got out of the ghetto, you would be caught, shot, and Jews in your community would be shot for your offense. Very few made it to the forests and many of those were turned in by Poles, Lithuanians, Ukranians, etc. This photo also symbolizes the futility of escape. It shows a pedestrian overpass connecting two sides of the ghetto. No matter which side you go on though, you will eventually be rounded up and sent to a concentration camp or shot. Finally, the passageway can’t help reminding one of the infamous Mengele (or other nazis) pointing left or right, and the final cruelty of separating families before murdering them by gas, which generally took about a half and hour to die from among a crowded room of naked people screaming.  Read about Grossman’s life here.

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Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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7 Responses to Mendel Grossman, Lodz Ghetto

  1. marblenecltr says:

    Without knowing the relevant history, it is a well-composd snapshot of a man with daily commuters in the background, to the uninformed, merely going to work. Knowledge brings life to that record, and it needs to be told, especially at this time. The Hamans are children of Satan who seek to carry out their father’s wishes and deny them life, even in a small, productive country of their own that greatly improves the decency and well-being of humanity.

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  3. marblenecltr says:

    God is pleased that a once rebellious, stiff-necked people remained together through the horrors of millenia to meet Messiah as prophesied in Zecharia 12: 10. Go to chapter 14: 12-21 for the final victory. Warning, the readings in between are not pleasant, and Chriztians will suffer, too, Revelation, Matthew 24, and elsewhere, but our faithfulness will lead to dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.

    • kinneret says:

      What is your view of the afterlife, heaven and hell? Purgatory? Reincarnation? So many people think there is nothing at all. A friend of mine who is a nurse who was always leaning toward agnosticism or more likely atheism said she felt like there was nothing more when a patient died in her arms. I don’t feel that way, though. But people who believe only in science usually view belief in God and afterlife as wishful thinking for those who can’t cope.

      • marblenecltr says:

        People in the medical field have many stories about people coming back to life. I think there is a time of limbo for most as we await the judgments, one for heaven or hell, the other for rewards. Daniel 12, beautiful passage, verse 9, “Go thy way Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end…” Verse 13, “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thylot at the end of the days.”
        Psalm 23, verse 6, “…and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” As opposed to hell, found in Isaiah 14, especially verses 9-20. Isaiah, what a great prophet (not a happy way of life for the true prophets as opposed to those trained in schools for the position.) And what a great writer. That reading tells of the fall of Lucifer. And, finally, Revelation 6: 9-11. There is more, but some should not read it.

  4. czechmomnyc says:

    I remember seeing these photos at an exhibit in Prague when I was sixteen…what to say that was not said six million lives ago…

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