‘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