August Sander, the free exhibition at Paris Mémorial de la Shoah

Published by Maïlys C. · Updated on 26 February 2018 at 14h29 · Published on 10 January 2018 at 15h43
Starting from March 8, 2018, Paris Mémorial de la Shoah welcomes an exhibition of German photographer August Sander (1876-1964) entitled “Persécutés/persécuteurs des hommes du XXème siècle” [Persecuted/persecutors of men in the 20th century].

August Sander did an incredible work, that is still looked by many artists throughout the world. In black and white, he photographed all kinds of people belonging to varied trades, in frontal position, without any fuss. These “Men of the 20th century”, as he used to call them belong to all the layers of society.

This series is so powerful that it inspired August Sander’s son, Erich (1903-1944). Very politically committed, the latter has been incarcerated in 1934 in Cologne; he made the best of being locked up to photograph the prisoners and add an unknown part of history to his father’s work. At the same time, August was realizing portraits on order for members of the National Socialist Party in Germany and Jews in Cologne.

This is how, August Sander decided to add to his Men of the 20th century portfolio the series “Political Prisoners by his son and his own series of portraits of Jews from Cologne under the name “Persecuted”, as well as the one of the National Socialists.

Paris Mémorial de la Shoah gives pride of place to this work through a wonderful exhibition that all photography and History lovers should visit.

A guided tour of the exhibition is scheduled on Thursday March 15, 2018 for individuals, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 8 March 2018



    17 rue geoffroy l´ asnier
    75004 Paris 4


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