Clandestine Photography during the German Occupation > Amateur photographers

Joop Lamberts in a police cell after his arrest in connection with forced labour in Germany, Almelo (1943)The albums of amateur photographers are major ego documents. One of the photographers was Cobie Douma, who used her camera to record the far-reaching effects the German Occupation had around her: the first notice ‘Joden Verboden’ (No Jews allowed) in the Groningen city park, the removal of a Jewish family, German propaganda, posters and the gathering of news at the offices of the newspaper Winschoter Courant. She had many friends in Winschoten who allowed her to take photographs from their homes; she often took photographs through a window, from a roof or balcony. She also took many pictures of daily life.

Hans Poley’s photographs present a unique image of the life of persons in hiding. During close to ten months, he photographed 'disappearance exercises', the place of refuge in the closet, the roof garden with and without cane screens, staging a play at home, the boys’ room, the washing-up, musical evenings, the Sabbath, clandestinely listening to broadcasts from London and visits from relatives and friends.

Some of Frits Lamberts’ photographs were intended as illustrations for the diary of the father of his friend Aztla Kruisinga. He photographed the confiscation of church bells, Crazy Tuesday, horses being requisitioned, people clandestinely listening to broadcasts from London, the Germans’ withdrawal and the Liberation. Quite unique are the pictures Lamberts took of his younger brother in a police cell after the latter had been arrested to be sent to Germany for forced labour.
Other amateur photographers featured in the collection are Cees Jongkind of Amsterdam and Ary Koppejan of The Hague.

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