Victim of Persecution, about 1938
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Victim of Persecution, about 1938 c 1938
  • Artist Rooms
August Sander’s monumental photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ is one of the most wide-ranging historical documents of modern German society. More than 500 photographs are divided into seven groups, representing the social classes and professions of the time. This is a portrait from the portfolio entitled ‘The Persecuted’, which depicts Jewish people who emigrated or were killed in the Nazi concentration camps, within the sixth group, ‘The City’. The portfolio comprises photographs taken in the late 1920s and the 1930s in which the subjects are often viewed from three-quarters, looking out of the picture into the distance. Sander added it to his project shortly after the war, in testimony to the loss of the German-Jewish middle classes who had substantially shaped social, cultural and economic life in early twentieth-century Germany. Their new absence created a significant void in modern German society.


  • Acc. No. AL00111
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.90 x 20.40 cm (paper 43.90 x 34.00 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010