Background information on the photo book 'Todesmarsch' (engl. Death March)
From April 13 to May 9, 1945, 2,400 prisoners from the Leipzig branch of the Buchenwald concentration camp had to complete a 500-kilometer march, during which 2150 of them were murdered or died of exhaustion. After years of research, the photographer Herbert NAUMANN was able to minutely reconstruct the course of this death march and track down reports from survivors and contemporary documents. It is the only death march of concentration camp prisoners that to this day has been reconstructed in its entire length and with all the details. In 2017 Naumann took this route from Leipzig to Fojtovice in order to use artistic photography to make the suffering of the concentration camp inmates understandable.
'Todesmarsch 1945 Leipzig – Fojtovice: Photographs and Documents' is a harrowing combination of contemporary documents, reports from survivors and artistic photographs in the form of black and white double exposures, which are an impressive reminder of the terrible suffering in spring 1945.