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Robert Capa in Berlin

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Berlin’s Centrum Judaicum is set to host the exhibition ‘Robert Capa. Berlin Summer 1945’; the showcase will be on display from September 10, 2020 to May 9, 2021.

In August and September 1945, Robert Capa took over six-hundred photographs of the newly liberated city of Berlin. With an approach that was subjective and empathic, yet still unbiased, he captured the destroyed buildings, Allied soldiers and, time and again, Berlin’s inhabitants – especially its children.

The ‘New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum’ Foundation now presents the first comprehensive selection of these precisely calibrated snapshots, in a showcase comprising some 120 images.  

Robert Capa (1913–1954) was one of the greatest war photographers of the twentieth century, and a founding member of the legendary Magnum agency. Born into a Jewish family in Austria-Hungary, he started his career as a photographer after moving to Berlin in 1931. When Hitler came to power, Capa left Germany for Paris and, finally, America. During World War II he accompanied US troops in North Africa, Italy and Normandy. He was also in Leipzig to capture the last days of the war.

At the time, only a small selection of Capa’s images of war-torn Berlin were published in LIFE Magazine, and the series has remained surprisingly little-known to this day. ‘Robert Capa. Berlin Summer 1945’ will be on display at the Centrum Judaicum from September 10, 2020 to May 9, 2021.

For further information visit Centrum Judaicum Berlin

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