by Wendy Lower

A single photograph—an exceptionally rare “action shot” documenting the horrific final moment of the murder of a family—drives a riveting process of discovery for a gifted Holocaust scholar

In 2009, the acclaimed author of Hitler’s Furies was shown a photograph just brought to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The documentation of the Holocaust is vast, but there are virtually no images of a Jewish family at the actual moment of murder, in this case by German officials and Ukrainian collaborators. A Ukrainian shooter’s rifle is inches from a woman’s head, obscured in a cloud of smoke. She is bending forward, holding the hand of a barefooted little boy. And—only one of the shocking revelations of Wendy Lower’s brilliant ten-year investigation of this image—the shins of another child, slipping from the woman’s lap.

Interview with the Author

Keen On
Wendy Lower on Confronting the History and the Reality of The Holocaust
3/8/21        40 min

Axelbank Reports History and Today
#36: Wendy Lower  “The Ravine”
2/16/21        57 min

Story in the Public Square
Uncovering the Truth Behind a Haunting Holocaust Photograph with Wendy Lower
6/30/21         29 min

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