Record Details

Catalog Search

The Auschwitz photographer : the forgotten story of the WWII prisoner who documented thousands of lost souls / Luca Crippa and Maurizio Onnis ; translated from the Italian by Jennifer Higgins.

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fertile Public Library 940.5318 CRI (Text) 33500013455852 New On holds shelf -
Mahnomen Public Library 940.5318 CRI (Text) 33500013455845 New Available -
Greenbush Public Library 940.5318 CRI (Text) 35500006518565 New Checked out 11/12/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781728242200
  • ISBN: 1728242207
  • ISBN: 1728244048
  • ISBN: 9781728244044
  • Physical Description: xiv, 334 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published as Il fotografo di Auschwitz by Edizioni Piemme S.p.a., 2013.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Auschwitz: an afternoon at the identification service -- Auschwitz, 1941: hiding to survive -- Auschwitz, 1942-43: serving the master -- Auschwitz, 1944-45: rebellion and testimony -- Epilogue -- A true story -- A note on the text.
Summary, etc.:
"Wilhelm Brasse: "I looked death in the eyes. I did it fifty thousand times..." When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, photographer Wilhelm Brasse was sent to Auschwitz. His inability to condone the Third Reich and swear allegiance to Hitler landed him at one of the deadliest concentration camps of WWII. There, he was forced to record the camp's atrocities. From 1940-1945, Brasse took more than 50,000 photos of the nightmare that surrounded him. Brasse's role earned him Nazi favor, but he couldn't bear to hide behind his camera. He resisted, faking documents for prisoners and smuggling photos to the outside world. When the war ended, he refused orders to destroy his records. Many of the people that appeared in Brasse's photos perished, but he wouldn't discard the memories of who they were. A hauntingly true story of a man who made sure the world couldn't turn a blind eye to the Holocaust, The Auschwitz Photographer honors Wilhelm Brasse, the photographer who immortalized the horrific atrocities we should, and must, never forget"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 September #1
    Wilhelm Brasse was captured by the Germans escaping Poland in 1939 and was imprisoned in Auschwitz. He was recruited by the Nazis to photograph inmates, SS officers, and medical experiments by Josef Mengele. In 1945, as the Russians were closing in, he was asked to destroy some 40–50,000 photos. He bravely did not, and many still survive today as a remembrance of this horrific time. Brasse survived Auschwitz and this book brings his story to life, as well as those he photographed, like the only inmate wedding at the camp, or the female Nazi who committed suicide shortly after she asked him to take a salacious portrait. 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. For readers looking for nonfiction that reads like fiction. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
World War, 1939-1945 > Atrocities > Poland > Oświęcim.
Brasse, Wilhelm, 1917-2012.
Photographers > Poland > Biography.
Internment camp inmates > Poland > Oświęcim > Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 > Poland > Prisoners and prisons > Biography.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Poland.
HISTORY / Military / World War II.
Brasse, Wilhelm, 1917-2012.
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Concentration camp inmates.
Poland > Oświęcim.
Genre: Biographies.

Additional Resources