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I Was There

Alireza Husseini | Germany

01-1932 "Death to Judah" So the flag says, "Judah will live forever" So the light
answers.
A photograph taken in 1932 by Rachel, wife of Rabbi Akiva Posner, of their candle-lit
Hanukkah menorah against the backdrop of the Nazi flags flying from the building
across from their home in Kiel Germany.

By Looking to the past, you can see the future! How influential are our choices today in the future? Do our values change over time?

Cultural and political identity can be expressed through some styles of clothing or sometimes other signs of beauty and architecture. It helps us to understand the relationships around us to determine who we are as members of our community. Our cultural identity is shaped by all people in our culture and environment.

In this series, "I Was There," I documented contemporary German developments. My project started in Hanover. In the meantime, I extended it to the end of Berlin, Dresden and KZ-Bergen, Kiel and Nuremberg. All the old photos are exactly in their original location and it has been very important for me to observe this. My focus has been on showing a timeline since the Nazi Party came to power early in its heyday — the crimes committed in one of the concentration camps and the other aftermath that took place in Germany after World War II.
 

By Looking to the past, you can see the future! How influential are our choices today in the future? Do our values change over time?

Cultural and political identity can be expressed through some styles of clothing or sometimes other signs of beauty and architecture. It helps us to understand the relationships around us to determine who we are as members of our community. Our cultural identity is shaped by all people in our culture and environment.

In this series, "I Was There," I documented contemporary German developments. My project started in Hanover. In the meantime, I extended it to the end of Berlin, Dresden and KZ-Bergen, Kiel and Nuremberg. All the old photos are exactly in their original location and it has been very important for me to observe this. My focus has been on showing a timeline since the Nazi Party came to power early in its heyday — the crimes committed in one of the concentration camps and the other aftermath that took place in Germany after World War II.

Linked to today, yesterday appears near and far at the same time. As through a time capsule, we experience what separates us from the people of the past and what might still unite us? Today’s unimaginable destruction of the cities scares. The attitude of the people to the ruins amazed and the passing uniformed as a picture in today's cityscape are a reminder and show how closely past and present are interconnected.

I tried to make clear that identity categorization can lead to contradictions. I strongly believe contradictions could be destructive.

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