Two soldiers are shown in a blockhouse, one of the many which had been constructed at strategic points. In front of the embrasure there is a theodolite on a tripod.
This seemingly relaxed and innocent scene at Alexandra Palace is altered by the presence of the watchtowers in the background. Around 3,000 civilians were imprisoned there during the First World War.
A view from an elevated position across the bomb damaged buildings of Poplar in East London. In the foreground is a tall roofless, shattered building that demonstrates the effects of aerial bombing.
The iconic view of St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge provides a motivation and focus for the roof spotters as they scrutinise the sky. Next to them is a table covered with mapping equipment.
A view of the remains of an Italian village with soldiers and civilians moving around the ruins of the bombed houses and church.
'May this exhibition stay for many years in order that the leaders of the future learn of their history, so it may never be repeated. Thank you for making me so aware.'
'My late father was at the liberation of Belsen. He would never speak about it. Now I know why.'
'What struck me was the silence of those who were with me.'
Under the cover of the Second World War, for the first time in history, industrial methods were used for the mass extermination of a whole people. Men, women and children endured Nazi persecution and, in most cases, were killed as a result.
The Holocaust Exhibition traces the Nazi persecution and murder of Europe’s Jews from 1933 to 1945. Starting with the turbulent political scene in Europe immediately after the First World War, the exhibition looks at the rise of the Nazi party and how Europe-wide antisemitism made a fertile seedbed for Hitler's anti-Jewish beliefs.
It also covers the perversion of science to support Nazi race theory, the isolation of German Jews, the refugee crisis and the advent of so-called 'Euthanasia' policies in 1939.
Photographs, documents, newspapers, artefacts, posters and film track the history of this persecution and genocide with toys, diaries, photograph albums, storybooks and hand-made mementos revealing people’s efforts to survive. Testimonies from 18 survivors bring a moving and haunting perspective.
The Holocaust Exhibition is not recommended for children under the age of 14.