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Resistance: Ross's Legacy
Can taking photographs be an act of resistance?
This lesson will engage students with the photography of Henryk Ross and ask them to consider whether photography is a form of resistance. Ross was made an official photographer by the Jewish Council of the Lodz Ghetto, which required him to document labour in the ghetto for the Nazis. However, Ross also risked his life to take many unofficial photographs showing darker aspects of ghetto life. Students will analyze and interpret the photographs in order to gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of the concept of resistance.
What is the meaning of resistance? Can taking photographs be an act of resistance?