Minox Riga Images in Jelabuga POW Camp

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Dr. Klaus Sasse's Jelabuga Exposition

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), January 16, 2000


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Riga Minox Images in Jelabuga POW Camp

From July to August 1999, there was an exhibition titled "Do you know Jelabuga ?" in the Culture Museum of Osnabruck/ Felix-Nussbaum. This was the first time the secret pictures taken by Klaus Sasse in Soviet POW camps in Jelabuga, Selenodoksk and Kolstau in 1945-1947 were displayed in large quantities. Klaus Sasse used his 1938 Minox Riga camera to secretly record the images in these POW camps on four rolls of 50 exposure VEF Minox films. There were a total of ninety pictures with extensive text at display. After the war, Klaus Sasse used pseudonym Konigberger published a few of his Minox pictures about POW camps in Germany, but most of his images were not published. This was the first time he went public.

A Minox Riga camera played crucial roles in capturing these POW camp images, at great personal risk. any other camera was not possible.

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), January 16, 2000.

You can now view some of these images taken by Dr. Sasse at the Minox site. Click on this link and then click on GALERIE:


-- James Jones (jaj01@home.com), January 20, 2000.

Dr Klaus Sasse images

Minox GmbH has a completely new website design, which include some of Dr. Klaus Sasse Images

Klaus Sasse Images

-- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), January 21, 2000.

My Opa, Erich Reimer, was taken prisoner in Jan. 1943 and kept in Jelabuga from 9/43 to 8/44, before being moved to the labor camp of Beschitza-Bryansk. He was released in 1949, and died of diseases he got during that time in 1963.

My Opa was in Jelabuga before those pictures were taken but the death rates of his comrades indicate that life there was not better. It is a great luck that the pictures of Dr. Sasse survived.

-- Thomas Reimer (ycrtmr@cs.com), February 17, 2001.

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