Particular specialists are required to carry out such a unique project. We were able to enlist such specialists for this project in order to frame a historical concept within an innovative change of perspective in the culture of commemoration by using high-quality photographs.

Idea, overall concept and academic coordination: Julien Reitzenstein |

Artistic photography and photographic concept: Susanna Kraus/ IMAGO Camera |

Susanna Kraus

Actress, artist, photographer and artistic director of the IMAGO Camera

Susanna Kraus was born and raised in Munich. Her first encounters with photography came from her mother, fashion photographer Karin Kraus. In her youth, she took the opportunity to learn everything she could about analogue photography and to assist her mother in the darkroom and on the set.

Trained as an actress at the Otto Falkenberg Acting School in Munich in the early 1980s, Susanna Kraus acted for 25 years at various theatres in German-speaking countries and in television and film.

In 2005, her focus shifted back to the art of photography. She led the reconstruction of the world’s only analogue IMAGO Camera, a large-format walk-in camera invented by her father, scientist Werner Kraus, in the early 1970s that allows life-size analogue black-and-white full-body portraits to be taken inside it.

Julien Reitzenstein

Historian and author

As a historian, Julien Reitzenstein researches and teaches contemporary history with a focus on Nazi ideology and the Shoah. He has published several academic books on the subject. In addition, he also deals with persecution-related property confiscation during the Nazi regime. The plundering of the victims’ property was an integral part of the crimes committed during the Shoah.

As an author, Julien Reitzenstein examines current political and societal developments in their historical context. His essays appear regularly in various newspapers and magazines.