by Dmitri Baltermants

"Grief, or Searching for the Loved Ones in Kerch", USSR, 1942.

The photo depicts a 1942 Nazi massacre in the Crimean village of Kerch [now part of an independent Ukraine]. Village women searched for the bodies of their loved ones. The contrast between the oversaturated sky above and the bodies haphazardly strewn in the foreground underlines the poignancy of the moment, but for the same reason, the photo was censored in the Soviet Union where authorities only published the photos that could help boost morale; ‘Grief’ reflected nothing but harsh tragedies of war, and it wasn’t seen by the general public until the 1960s. (via)

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