Capturing Bolshevism

SS Photographs of Soviet POWs at Concentration Camps. A Case Study

Authors

  • Lukas Meissel University of Haifa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.23777/sn.0122/art_lmeis01

Keywords:

Holocaust Studies, Perpetrator Studies, Visual History, Mauthausen, Soviet POWs

Abstract

The article examines photographs taken by SS men at the Mauthausen concentration camp. The focus is on pictures of Soviet POWs from October 1941. A negative strip serves as a case study to highlight the importance of a critical method-driven approach for interpretations of visual sources, specifically perpetrator pictures. The images are analyzed according to an adapted version of Ulrike Pilarczyks and Ulrike Mietzners serial-iconographic photo analysis to differentiate between description and interpretation. The aim is to contextualize the photos and link them to ideological meanings of the pictures for those who took or commissioned them.

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Published

2022-06-19

How to Cite

Meissel, Lukas. 2022. “Capturing Bolshevism: SS Photographs of Soviet POWs at Concentration Camps. A Case Study”. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 9 (1):58-70. https://doi.org/10.23777/sn.0122/art_lmeis01.