Budapest, January 1945, Jewgeni Chaldej
Jewgeni Chaldej
Budapest, January 1945
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Jewgeni Chaldej

Budapest, January 1945, ca. 1945


Darstellung
29.7 x 39.8 cm
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on paper
Inventory Number
St.F.3575
Acquisition
Acquired in 2017
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The insecurity is clearly written on their faces: the Jewish stars on the jackets of the portrayed couple still bear witness to the barbaric terror which the Nazis had subjected them to. The photograph was taken during the battle of Budapest in January 1945, during which Yevgeny Khaldei was involved in the liberation of the occupied city as a soldier and propaganda photographer for the Red Army. According to his own statements, he tore off the couple’s enforced anti-Semitic identifiers after taking the photo. Khaldei came from a Jewish-Ukrainian family whose members – except for one sister – had all been murdered. He wanted to memorialise the victims of the Holocaust by publishing the print in Eynikayt (Unity), the official newspaper of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in the USSR.

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Title
Budapest, January 1945
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on paper
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet verso Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: Signatur (unleserlich) 1945
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: Voller Ernst, 29.7.54

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Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Jewgeni Chaldej
Acquisition
Acquired in 2017

Work Content

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Primary
  • 61E(BUDAPEST) names of cities and villages (BUDAPEST)
  • 31D15(+1) adult woman (+ front view)
  • 31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure
  • 31D14(+1) adult man (+ front view)
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 12A7 the Jews, Jewish life
  • 45L43 devastated, ruined place or city (~ warfare)
  • 48C149 ruin of a building ~ architecture
Secondary

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13.01.2022