Staging Justice, Trial Photography

Franziska Exeler


The image shows a Soviet military trial that took place from 17 to 25 November 1947 in Chernihiv, a small city in northeastern Soviet Ukraine. The defendants, thirteen Hungarian and three German nationals, former members of the German-led Axis military forces that occupied parts of the Soviet Union during the Second World War, were accused of having committed wartime atrocities. This was a Soviet war crimes trial. Usually, military trials were conducted in secret, but in select cases, the Soviet authorities opened them to the public.

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