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Exhibition, Thu 9 Jan - Sun 29 Mar 2020, free entry

The Eye as Witness: Recording the Holocaust

The Eye as Witness: Recording the Holocaust


10 Piece Hall Yard,
(Opposite Waterstones) City Centre,

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Our latest exhibition The Eye as Witness: Recording the Holocaust, from National Holocaust Centre and Museum and University of Nottingham, examines the photographs taken during the Holocaust and asks the question; through who’s eyes are we seeing the past?

Few people today would not recognise a photograph of Hitler. Everyone has seen at least one image showing victims of Nazi racial persecution: men, women and children, referencing the horrific events which took place throughout the Holocaust.

Thousands of staged images of Hitler that were the work of professional Nazi propaganda photographers as well as photos of Nazi ghettos and concentration camps. Viewed with modern eyes, photos designed to make Holocaust victims appear sub-human may today inspire pity rather than disgust. But they do little justice to the dignity of these victims; nor do they help us realise that the people persecuted and murdered had often lived perfectly ‘everyday’ lives only days before the Nazis came to power.

The exhibition turns our attention to photos that are rarely seen today: secret photos taken by Jewish people and members of the anti-Nazi resistance, who, at great risk to themselves, used the camera to record the story as they saw it.

Eye as a Witness takes a fresh look at this problem. Photos, it suggests, are historical sources created with particular agendas in mind and we need to examine them critically if we are to learn any lessons from them.

Coach parties acceptedEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWelcome Host

Access to museum: No lift available. 60 steps to museum. Toilets are on the same level as museum.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 9 Jan - Sun 29 Mar 2020
Opening times -
10am - 4pm - Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only


Free entry




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Map reference: SE 163331  Lat: 53.79453 Long: -1.75266

By Road:
From M606 take A6177 east. Then take A650 into city centre. Follow city centre signs and park where one can. Street parking is 70 metres away. Map also available on request on 01274 434009 and on the museum's website.

By Public Transport:
Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square Train Station are both five minutes walk from the museum.


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host

Access to museum: No lift available. 60 steps to museum. Toilets are on the same level as museum.