Sunday, 15 September 2013

Holocaust museum passing off dodgy photos

This is the banner that appears on the website of the Kharkov Holocaust Museum (Russian: Харьковский музей Холокоста) which opened in 1996 and was the first Holocaust museum in the Ukraine.
The banner features several famous Holocaust photographs:
  • The little boy from the Warsaw ghetto, who disappointed a lot of people in the early 1980s by still being alive, and not having been gassed in Treblinka as they'd hoped
  • Buchenwald inmates in their striped garb standing at a barb-wire fence, including Simon Toncman, who appears in some, but certainly not all versions of the famous photograph taken inside Buchenwald prisoner barrack no. 56
  • Two Soviet photos of the liberation of Auschwitz, one of adult, the other of child inmates. Actually shot sometime after the January 27, 1945 arrival of the Soviets, as the same scenes also feature in a propaganda film shot by the Soviets
  • German soldiers aiming their rifles at targets a fair distance away, but dishonestly cropped to give the impression a single soldier is aiming at the woman holding a child 
  • The U.S. propagandistic photo of two former prisoners charging an emaciated corpse into a crematory oven in the Dachau concentration camp

But it this particular photo, which appears in the bottom right hand corner of the banner of the Kharkov Holocaust Museum website that is the focus of this blog post.
Unsurprisingly, it is not a photo of European Jews, victims of Hitler's Holocaust, but a photo of famine victims in southern Indian, taken by British army corporal and photographer Willoughby Wallace Hooper during the Madras famine of 1877-1878.


  1. We will see if holocaust museums also will remove the fraudulent buchenwald icon quietly. German author Wolfgang Strauss identified as one of the most important photo forgers a jewish guy named Jewgenij Ananjevich Chaldej. It is reported that Chaldej confessed shortly before he died that he manipulated countless atrocity photos.

  2. Also the soldier shooting, according to the photo, onto a woman with child is a well known fake. On the real photo there are some soldiers and a barrier in the foreground, and the soldier is shooting onto the attacking enemy, and not onto the woman with child.

    http://de.metapedia.org/wiki/Bildf%C3%A4lschungen#Bild_B (German text)

  3. Soviet regime mastered at this form of propaganda.
    They manipulated even their own history.
    Photograph of Stalin and Soviet commissar Nikolai Yezhov
    and "Raising a flag over the Reichstag" photo are just two "mainstream"
    examples of Soviet photo manipulation.

    Reminds me of the daily work at the Minitrue.

    - Mikael

  4. http://trutube.tv/item/photos/89/3MSB1D7S32DH/Russian-Fake-Gas-Chamber-Photo

    Is this fake or real? This is the Krema II site at Birkenau, but I always thought this was destroyed by the SS before the Russians arrived. Maybe this one is photoshopped? I think so. May be there is someone here who knows more about this picture.

    1. That's from a Polish film made in 1963.



  5. Thanks for the video link Black Rabbit!

    - Mikael


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