22 September 2017

0264 | Photo | Narodnooslobodilačka vojska Jugoslavije



Operation "White". Six Partisans, wearing civilian clothes without any military markings, pose for a German souvenir photo with their rifles thrown to the ground, as a sign of defeat. They were captured by members of the SS Division "Prinz Eugen" near Bosanski Petrovac, at the end of the first phase of the German operation. The photo was taken at the divisional headquarters in Petrovac by one of the staff photographers (Beinhauer), who described the prisoners briefly: "The captured bandits who were brought in." The same six were, however, also photographed immediately after their capture by one of the propaganda reporters attached to the division (Keintzel), who presented them in his text in a completely different light – as poor deserters and victims of Partisan politics (quote): "In the fight against Bolshevik gangs. They have had it with the Moscow International. While the Soviet commissars live a lavish life in the villages at the expense of the population, they are expected to be fighting day and night without adequate food and clothing in the woods. The Bosnians have defected to German units in large numbers already, whenever they had the chance."

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Beinhauer.
Date: 12 February 1943.
Location: Bosanski Petrovac, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: "The captured bandits who were brought in."

File source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 69864.

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Operacija "Belo". Šestorica partizana, u civilu i bez ikakvih vojničkih obeležja, poziraju sa svojim u znak poraza na zemlju bačenim puškama, Nemcima za uspomenu. Zarobili su ih pripadnici SS-divizije "Princ Eugen" u okolini Bosanskog Petrovca, pred kraj prve faze nemačke operacije. Fotografiju je snimio, u štabu divizije u Petrovcu, jedan od štabnih fotografa (Bajnhauer), koji je zarobljenike opisao kratko: "Dovedeni zarobljeni banditi." Istu šestoricu je, međutim, fotografisao i jedan od propagandnih fotoreportera priključenih diviziji (Kajncel), neposredno po njihovom zarobljavanju, koji ih je u svom tekstu predstavio u potpuno drugačijem svetlu – kao sirote dezertere i žrtve partizanske politike (citat): "U borbi protiv boljševičkih bandi. Dosta im je bilo moskovske internacionale. Dok sovjetski komesari vode raskošan život u selima o trošku stanovništva, oni treba da se u šumi dan i noć bore bez adekvatne hrane i odeće. Bosanci su već u velikom broju, kad god im se bila ukazala prilika, prebegli nemačkim jedinicama."

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Bajnhauer.
Datum: 12. februar 1943.
Mesto: Bosanski Petrovac, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: "Dovedeni zarobljeni banditi."

Izvor fajla: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 69864.

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