‘Unseen Kristallnacht photos published
84 years after Nazi pogrom’
   – The Guardian, 9 Nov 2022

‘What we habitually see confirms us.’
   – John Berger, ‘Opening a Gate’

Pictures that do not exist:
moments in a concentration camp,
mutilated corpses in untidy piles,
soldiers laughing as they trash the place.

Time frozen against all the odds,
disowned images hidden or forgotten
in a drawer or folder in the attic,
left for someone else to find.

Glass splinters and casually set fires,
the victims’ abandoned bodies;
onlookers, bystanders, witnesses,
who thought they’d never be seen.



   © Rupert M Loydell

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