The boy in the picture

August 7, 2012 by Henry Benjamin
Read on for article

The image of a boy with his hands in the air in the Warsaw Ghetto with a German pointing a gun at him is the most iconic image of the Holocaust. An Israeli academic has researched the photo and published his results in a book.

Dan Porat


Dr Dan Porat is visiting Australia from his native Israel where he is an Associate Professor of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will participate in the Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival later this month and will give lectures in various venues before the event.

His book, “The Boy: A Holocaust Story” will be the subject of most of his talks.

J-Wire has gone Face to Face with J-Wire which has decided not to give too much away about his book….

Watch the interview…



Dan Porat will talk this evening at the North Shore Temple Emanuel. For information on the Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival click here.

There more to learn about the other characters in the book including one nicknamed ‘Frankenstein’ at Encounters@Shalom. For details click here

He is also speaking in Melbourne at Monash University…


2 Responses to “The boy in the picture”
  1. Liat Nagar says:

    Very worthwhile to hear Dan Porat speaking to this subject. Yes, once having seen this photograph of the little boy rounded up in the Warsaw Ghetto, it’s imprinted graphically in the mind’s eye, and we are forever reminded of the atrocity, the incomprehensibility, of the Holocaust. I have another photograph imprinted on my mind, and in my heart, and that is one of a Jewish woman half-turned, shielding the small child she is holding, as the Ukrainian soldier is about to shoot. This is also ‘iconic’ and well known, I think. Her half-turned back speaks volumes.

  2. Lynne Newington says:

    In the picture, but not visible, there is also a young girl her hands also in the air, her face full of horror and uncertainty.
    Iconic it is, in both instances, so much so I hid the book from myself and can no longer find it.

Speak Your Mind

Comments received without a full name will not be considered
Email addresses are NEVER published! All comments are moderated. J-Wire will publish considered comments by people who provide a real name and email address. Comments that are abusive, rude, defamatory or which contain offensive language will not be published

Got something to say about this?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Discover more from J-Wire

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading