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FRAGMENTS | Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Brock-White, an American photographer and documentary photographer, was the first woman to work as a war correspondent and also the first to be allowed to work in combat zones.

In the spring of 1945, she stayed in crumbling Germany and documented, among other things, the Buchenwald concentration camp, about which she said: "The lens was a kind of relief, because it served as a kind of partition between me and the horrors that stood before my eyes."


1. A scrap I found in the Bundesarchive, two Nazi soldiers pasting Hitler's portrait, 1933. Photographer unknown. Margaret Brock-White: 2. Hitler's portrait among the ruins, 1945, Cologne. 3. A woman removes the portrait of Hitler from the wall of a Protestant church, which served as the headquarters of the Nazi Party. On the right you can see a poster warning against irresponsible speech between citizens. 1945, Frankfurt. 4. Polaroid photograph of an American soldier holding pieces of human skin, which were part of the private collection of the "witch of Buchenwald", Ilse Koch. 1945, Buchenwald. 5. Self-portrait of Margaret Brock-White, 1942.

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