From the Publisher
"Mendel Grossman took these photographs of the people of the Lodz Ghetto in secret. They are heart-rending, beautiful, beyond words; they show parents attempting to comfort their children through the wire of the prison camp where Grossman died. Save this book for when your children are old enough to understand the tragedy, as well as the beauty of facts. It will not only feed their imagination, but their hearts." The Independent on Sunday
"These are photographs that were taken from under a raincoat, and 55 years later they retain a peculiar intimacy: they are oblique memorials, images of restrained and hushed beauty. It is their context, rather than their content, that make them terrifying, tender, painful beyond belief. We look at the faces, the caught expressions, and know that shortly after these people were extinguished... All of these images are almost unbearable. Yet this is a book meant for young people. The simple, first-person text by Frank Dabba Smith asks children to imagine what it was like. Asks all of us to imagine again. It would seem to be the job of all parents and all teachers to make sure that children grow up knowing about the Holocaust. This book, suffused with tenderness, is a good place to start." The Observer
"This remarkable photo-essay about the Lodz Ghetto in Poland poignantly introduces Holocaust horrors The text is simple and lets each picture speak for itself. This technique works well and makes the subject accessible to children As these are personal, secret photographs and not the propaganda pictures so often repeated in history books, their significance is great and they are historically fascinating. The incredible story of how the photos have survived is recounted in an appended note. A truly powerful book." The School Library Journal
"Through the eye of the secret camera of Mendel Grossman, the reader sees bravery, determination and even humour in the face of great adversity". The Methodist Recorder
About the Author
Mendel Grossman was born in Lodz in 1917. After the occupation of Poland by the German Army in September 1939, he joined the underground in the town. Forced to live in the Lodz ghetto he used his position in the statistics department to obtain the material needed to take photographs. By hiding his camera in his raincoat, Grossman was able to take secret photographs of scenes in the ghetto.
Grossman continued to take photographs after he was deported to the Konigs Wusterhausen labour camp. Mendel Grossman died while in the camp in 1945. After the war his hidden negatives were discovered and his work was published in the book, With a Camera in the Ghetto (1977).