The Last Album

The Last Album

Eyes From the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Presents personal photographs of Jewish deportees brought into Aushwitz-Birkenau, the only photographs known to survive the order to destroy photographs brought into the concentration camps.

Norton Pub
A stirring collection of intimate photographs, the personal treasures of Jewish deportees to Auschwitz. With a foreword by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and an introduction by Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic. In October of 1986, during a tour of Auschwitz, Ann Weiss made a remarkable discovery: She came across over 2,400 photographs depicting Jewish deportees and their families from across Eastern Europe. These pictures evidently belonged to a trainload of prisoners arriving in 1943 and were among the few valued personal possessions they had been able to salvage from home. Rather miraculously, the photographs survived and remained hidden, virtually forgotten, in the archives of Auschwitz for over forty years. Weiss spent a decade traveling the world in an effort to uncover traces of the people depicted in the photographs and research their personal histories. Following every possible lead, she was able to identify many of them and track down friends, relatives, and survivors in Europe, Israel, and America, slowly piecing together lives destroyed by the Holocaust. This volume represents a selection of over 400 images and the stories behind them, showing those portrayed "as they were in life, not as the victims they became in death." An exhibition of the photography, curated by the author, continues to travel throughout the world. Over 400 photographs.

Book News
Though the Nazis ordered every personal photograph brought to every concentration camp destroyed, to obliterate not only the victims themselves but also their memories, the photographs on one transport to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943 survived. In 1986 in a locked room at Auschwitz, Weiss (U. of Pennsylvania) found over 2,400 photographs of Jewish deportees from across Europe, and here presents over 400 of them. She has identified as many as possible and transcribes many of the accounts she has heard, but asks readers who make new identifications to contact her. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393016703
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 L339
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Weiss, Ann E. 1943-


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