This portrait has so much happening. Livia Nador, a famous Hungarian stage actress, shines with a charisma that belies her profession. But as you look closer you see the background, the rubble, the destitution. This photo was taken after the liberation of Gusen concentration camp, which was part of the larger Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp complex. Nador was imprisoned there because of her Jewish heritage, after she was arrested and shipped from camp to camp. Eventually, Gusen and the surrounding camps were liberated by the US Army, 11th Armored Division. This photo would have been taken just after the liberation, still on site.
Gusen concentration camp, near Sankt Georgen an der Gusen, Reichsgau Oberdonau, Germany (today, and prior to the war, Austria.)
12 May 1945. Image taken by Ignatius Gallo.