Saturday, 23 November 2013
Fake Mengele photo on H.E.A.R.T.'s website
This well known photograph of Adolf Eichmann which presumably originates from his SS personnel file—although I'm not equipped to confirm that—is found all over the Internet. This particular example is taken from the Yad Vashem's website and it features his signature, which can be corroborated by other examples also on the Yad Vashem's website.
The USHMM states of the provenance of this photograph of Josef Mengele: "Place and date uncertain." This particular version is also taken from the Yad Vashem, who have reproduced it from a German Press Agency print from 1961.
This is another photograph that is widespread on the Internet, and is clearly a bastardisation of the two photographs I've featured above; Mengele's face has be superimposed onto a the photograph of Eichmann, and the photo-shopper also amended the insignia on Eichmann's collar to match that of Mengele's (I admit to not knowing the first thing about SS insignias).
I've known about this for years, but just brushed it off as the work of some bored photo-shopper not worth commenting on, until, I recently spotted it on the website of the Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team (captured copy) in an article that's dated 2007 and has no updates noted.
A Google Books search for "Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team" produces over 200 published books that mention them. I'd imagine their site is probably one of the most visited on the Internet by folks who are googleing particular aspects of the Holocaust as it does contain an impressive amount of content, particularly on some of the more obscure parts.
It's been claimed before, by a virulent anti-revisionist at that, that some of the gentlemen behind a website very closely affiliated with H.E.A.R.T., are not unfamiliar with fake Holocaust documents and photographs. But I'm not accusing them of doctoring this photograph, only of having a doctored photograph on their site, and that they should know better, especially when you consider that they have the original photograph on their Adolf Eichmann page (captured copy).
Below is a gif that I cobbled together just to illustrate the the fakery. As you can probably tell from the photographs above, I had to squash Eichmann a tad to make him match the doctored version. I don't possess the skills, know-how, or computer programme to have included the original Mengele picture. I determined after a few bungled attempts at trying that that image—or the parts used: eyes; eyebrows; nose; mouth; chin, and parts of the cheeks—has had its perspective changed, the photo-shopper has rotated it three-dimensionally.
Posted by The Black Rabbit of Inlé at 21:42