Rudolf Breslauer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Rudolf Breslauer
Werner Rudolf Breslauer

(1903-07-04)4 July 1903
Died28 February 1945(1945-02-28) (aged 41)
Known forPhotography
WebsiteBiographic details

Werner Rudolf Breslauer (4 July 1903 – 28 February 1945) was a German photographer of Jewish descent.

Leipzig, the Netherlands, Westerbork, Auschwitz[edit]

Rudolf Breslauer filming (1944)

Breslauer was born in Leipzig, where he was trained as a photographer and as a printer. In 1938, he fled to the Netherlands, where he lived and worked in Leiden, Alphen and Utrecht.[1] In 1942, Breslauer, his wife Bella Weissmann, sons Mischa and Stefan and daughter Ursula were imprisoned and deported to Westerbork transit camp. Camp commander Albert Konrad Gemmeker [de] ordered Breslauer to make photographs and films of life in Westerbork.[2] Breslauer and his family were transported to Auschwitz in the autumn of 1944.[3] His wife and two sons were immediately killed, Rudolf Breslauer died a few months later. Their daughter Ursula survived the war.

Photographs, stills and a film from Westerbork, by Breslauer[edit]

The German camp commander, Albert Gemmeker ordered Breslauer to document everyday life in the Westerbork transit camp. In 2017, these films were submitted by the Netherlands and included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Community Joods Monument
  2. ^ Website
  3. ^ Biografisch Portaal
  4. ^ "Westerbork films". Memory of the World. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 9 October 2018.