During this dreary week in April I am continuing to explore my family’s tragic German past. Princeton University’s Adolf Hitler manuscript collection includes three amazing photograph albums of Hermann Goring as prepared by Lutz Heck. The photographs include many of his beautiful hunting dogs. These images are all the more chilling for their banality. At about the time Goring and his cronies were hunting in the Bavarian Alps, my grandparents were running for their lives, hiding in Italian forests.
I am also fascinated by Dr. George Fox’s use of photographs to illustrate skin diseases, and would again like to combine my family’s personal images with some of them, which I am keeping close by, along with two images of malnourished civil war prisoners found on the American Memory site. I am still working on how to put this all together.