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Dark Lens: Imaging Germany, 1945

Françoise Meltzer


This book draws on literature and a never-before-seen cache of photographs taken by a member of the French Resistance (who is also the author's mother), immediately following the Allied bombing of Berlin and other German cities near the end of World War II. The book explores the representation of catastrophe through the gaze of the camera's lens. It uses the medium and witnessing of photography to question the ethics of targeting civilians during war.

Keywords: Germany during and after WWII, photography, ruins gazing, The Resistance, memory, ethics, bombing, suffering, witnessing, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226625638
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226625775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Françoise Meltzer, author
University of Chicago