An emaciated child on the street in the Warsaw ghetto.
Raphael Scharf (Photo #89469)
Willy Georg, a thirty-year-old professional photographer from Muenster, served in the German operator as a radio operator. In the summer of 1941 his unit was stationed in Warsaw, and Georg supplemented his income by taking souvenir photos of German troops. His expertise thus made public, one day his commanding officer issued him a pass, instructing him to take his Leica camera into the ghetto to document the “curous goings-on” there. Afer entering the ghetto, Georg shot four rolls of film and began to shoot a fifth when he was stopped by German police. Unaware of the four rolls in his pocket, they checked his papers, confiscated the film in his camera, and escorted him out of the ghetto. Georg subsequently developed the film in his lab in Warsaw, but he kept its existence a secret until well after the war.