St Genis Pouilly, France
Path Of No Return
Visiting a concentration camp is something I wanted to do for long time, first because we all have a duty of Memory. Second is more personal. Something in my head saying : "you need to go there, you have something to do there". Now I think I have the answer.
Photography is about capturing a moment, revealing an atmosphere, magnifying a landscape. It is also about telling a story.
This picture by itself speaks about 52000 prisoners over three years (1941-1944), prisoners called Nacht und Nebel (Night and Fog).
The camp held a crematorium and a gerry-rigged gas chamber outside the main camp. Even if it was not used for mass extermination, 22000 people died due to strenuous work, medical experiments, poor nutrition and mistreatment by the SS guards.
Natzweiler-Struthof was a German concentration camp located in the Vosges Mountains close to the Alsatian village of Natzwiller (German Natzweiler) in France, and the town of Schirmeck, about 50 km south west from the city of Strasbourg.
Natzweiler-Struthof was the only concentration camp established by the Nazis on present-day French territory, though there were French-run temporary camps such as the one at Drancy.
At the time, the Alsace-Lorraine area in which it was established was administered by Germany as an integral part of the German Reich.
May 1st, 2013
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