Hitler's Bath


“There is only one man in the world and his name is All Men. There is only one women in the world and her name is All Women. There is only one child in the world and the child’s name is All Children.” - Family of Man exhibition
Joe Rosenthal, Raising Old Glory at Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945.






















Historic Context
1929 - 1941
Great Depression
Hitler's Nazi Party seizes power - end of the German Weimar Republic

German troops stand at attention
during Nuremburg Rally in 1935

New Deal begins - program of government spending to end the Great Depression
MOMA holds first exhibiton considering the history of photography organized by the museum's librarian, Beaumont Newhall.
Walker Evans is first photographer to be given a solo show at MOMA
1939 - 1945
World War II

German Bombers during Battle of Britain

MOMA establishes first department of photography at a major museum and the museum's librarian, Beaumont Newhall becomes the new department's first director
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.











Normandy Invasion

Robert Capa, Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944.


"If your pictures aren't good enough you're not close enough" - Robert Capa











Joe Rosenthal, Raising Old Glory at Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945.

































Lee Miller, War Correspondant, 1940s











Lee Miller, British Women Welding, 1943.











Europe after WWII

'Savage Continent'

Lee Miller, Dachau, April 30, 1945. 




















Miller Bathing in Hitler's Tub

David Scherman, Lee Miller Bathing in Hitler's Bath, April 30, 1945.































Bernard Waldman, mushroom cloud resulting from explosion of Little Boy over Hiroshima, August 6, 1945.
Nagasaki before and after Fat Man nuclear bombing, August 9, 1945.











Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall or Genbaku Dome (now recognized as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial), Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945, . At the time of the bombing, Hiroshima's population was about 345,000 people.
Nuclear blast shadow, Nagasaki, Japan, 1945



Warning Leaflets











"We may be grateful to Providence" that the German atomic bomb project had failed, and that the United States and its allies had "spent two billion dollars on the greatest scientific gamble in history—and won". Truman then warned Japan: "If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth. Behind this air attack will follow sea and land forces in such numbers and power as they have not yet seen and with the fighting skill of which they are already well aware."
Hiroshima, Japan, 1945.











Victim of Hiroshima nuclear bombing, 1945.