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"Having an official camera, I was able to capture all the tragic period in the Lodz Ghetto. I did it knowing that if I were caught my family and I would be tortured and killed."
- Henryk Ross


In Ross's photographic record of human life and suffering, we see the Nazi propaganda he was compelled to produce alongside the images of tragedy and resilience he wanted us to know. Ross's skill as a photographer enabled him to make single moments into poignant narratives, and his vision allows us to reflect on this difficult history. We have created this site for teachers, students, researchers and generations of families connected to the Lodz Ghetto. Explore, learn and share with us. Explore the Collection >

How can I use this website?

This website consists of over 4000 images from the Henryk Ross collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. You can search for images by theme or build your own groupings by using the My Collections link. Help us build this site by adding your own tags to the images to assist other users with searching. The tag field appears on the right-hand side of each image. If you are a student or a teacher, follow the Teachers and Students link to access the four lesson plans we have prepared for use in your classroom, or check out the Contemporary Connections page to help your class tackle modern human rights issues. Get started >