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Auschwitz Photographer, Wilhelm Brasse, Still Sees Images
Associated Press Writer



Ahead of the Soviet advance, the Nazis evacuated Brasse and thousands of other prisoners under heavy guard to Austria. American troops freed him from the Ebensee camp months later. He weighed 88 pounds.

He recovered in an American hospital, and went home to Poland and his family - all of whom survived the war - in July 1945. He wanted to work as a photographer, but couldn't. Eventually, he started a business making sausage casings.

"I didn't have a camera, I didn't have anything," he said. "After everything, after Dr. Mengele, I had an unpleasant feeling taking pictures."

"When I started to take them, it always seemed to me that I saw those naked Jewish girls that I'd taken pictures of. That came to mind and I stopped taking photos."

He still keeps a prewar Kodak Retina camera at home. It sits unused.


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