Eric Schwab's 1945 photographs of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps

ERIC SCHWAB, one of the first Western reporters to enter a concentration camp, was an Agence France Presse reporter-photographer assigned to the US military. On 5 April 1945, alongside allied soldiers, he discovered the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps at Ohrdruf. His journey also took him to Buchenwald, Thekla, Dachau and Itter.

Undoubtedly, no other French photographer documented the discovery of concentration camps as profoundly as he did. In fact, his quest was fueled by personal motives: he was searching for his mother, who had been deported in 1943. He eventually found her in 1945 in Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia.

In commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the discovery and liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, AFP and the Centre historique des Archives nationals, published online 37 of Schwab's photographs. AFP states: "Currently displayed at the Musée de la Résistance nationale in Champigny-sur-Marne, Schwab's photographs, which are complemented by original documents gathered from national archives and private collections, help to contextualize the trauma of the discovery of the concentration camps."

Please note that the current Adobe® PDF document is only available in French. An English version is being translated by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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