New Oxford Review
In addition to official photography and films produced at the behest of the Nazi state, German soldiers and police took numerous photographs and film footage of German operations against Jews and other civilians. They documented the public humiliation of Jews, their deportation, mass murder, and confinement in concentration camps. This became powerful visual evidence of Nazi war crimes submitted at Nuremberg.Further visual documentation came from the U.S. Army Signal Corps, which, in the course of photographing and filming American operations in World War II, also played a crucial role in documenting evidence of Nazi atrocities and the Holocaust….On November 29, 1945, the IMT prosecution introduced an hour-long film titled “The Nazi Concentration Camps.” When the lights came up in the Palace of Justice all assembled sat in silence. The human impact of this visual evidence was a turning point in the Nuremberg trial. It brought the Holocaust into the courtroom.
A Controversial Subject
The families who come to this event have come to expect that it will be an event that will respect the innocence of their children, giving all ages a chance to show the world what pro-life looks like.Additionally, each year we have invited post-abortive women to attend and give their testimony. This requires courage from these women. Many of them cannot see these graphic images without breaking down — the emotional toll is too great.
A Short History of the Use of Graphic Images in Pro-Life Work
There were jars upon jars of frozen children in that abortion mill. Rhonda Mackey, our executive secretary at the time, brought this one jar out and asked me what we should do with it. I had no idea, but I instinctively knew we could not leave it there. We brought the jar to Dr. McCarty, a wonderful Ob-Gyn in Dallas, who put the pieces of this baby and the others back together.The entire process was put on video as Dr. McCarty and all who were present wept at the reconstruction of these precious children. The life that was once there was now gone forever. It became apparent to all of us that God had given us these children, one in particular, to show to the entire world the horror of abortion. One picture can speak louder than a truckload of words.We prayed, and asked God to allow this little boy to speak to our nation. We remembered the scripture in Hebrews 11:4: “…he still speaks, even though he is dead.”… Malachi means “my messenger.”
The Ethics of Abortion-Victim Photography
The Ethics of Shooting the Photos
Life Is Short. Use Better Abortion Photos.
How & When to Use the Photos
When Not to Use the Images
Victim Photography & Social-Justice Causes
It was a decision that had a profound effect, not only on the many thousands who viewed the mangled corpse, but on the civil rights movement in America as well…. The grotesque appearance of the body, made worse by the waters of the Tallahatchie River, was difficult to look at and those who did would never forget the sight….In their September 15 issue, Jet magazine published an unedited photo of Till’s face as he lay in his coffin. It had a devastating impact upon black America. For the first time, the public saw the terrifying reality of racial killing. Soon, other publications followed Jet magazine’s lead and also published the shocking photograph of Till lying in his coffin.
Many who walked to and fro upon Michigan Avenue stopped at the table to peer at the bodies…. Most of those who looked at the crushed bodies were dumbfounded at the obvious humanity of the fetal babies and aghast at the evidence of violence written upon the torn flesh and severed limbs. One man who came by shook his head and muttered, “This ain’t nothin’ but murder.” A group of three African American women paused to gaze at the bodies. One began to cry. “That’s a baby! A real baby!” said another, completely amazed….There was something pure in these reactions. These people were not prepared for what they saw…. The aborted babies, who were never meant to be seen, now intruded into the lives of these strangers. The passersby had no psychological preparation, no time to set up any mental barriers against the obvious tragedy of the torn bodies, no opportunity to theorize about abortion or put it into a ready-made political category. They had not read any editorials or commentaries just before arriving on the scene that might somehow mitigate the reality that these were real human beings who had suffered a form of violence. It was a privileged moment for me to see a kind of spontaneous enlightenment erupt in the souls of others. I knew that those who saw the fetal children would never think of abortion in the same way again.
Sitting nearby was Camille, a large, tough, quick-witted black woman who was also a cocaine addict. Although she was a lesbian, Camille conceived a child while drunk at a party. Her daughter, whom she cherished, was now two years old. Camille stared at the photos. She was utterly stunned by what she saw. The graphic images of the broken bodies instantly shocked her into a depth of reality and a zenith of emotion. Her feelings were frozen by the tragedy the broken, twisted bodies caused her to penetrate.I knew this feeling. Many years ago, when I first saw the photos of aborted babies in the “Life or Death” brochure, I went into a kind of shock. My emotions were frozen as I was utterly unprepared for the horror and sorrow that the crushed bodies revealed to me. It is the reaction of that last pure part of the soul confronted by the desecration of the holy — a desecration beyond what one can imagine. Yet the unspeakable crimes took place and are taking place. Now these crimes are part of a terrible truth, as if a veil had been torn away to expose a glimpse of Hell. The sight makes us tremble and weep, and the shock solidifies within us a great, absolute “No” as we refuse to be part of this terrible darkness. Our being is filled with a resolve to stand against it. Nothing in this glimpse of Hell can be right, and the evil of it all is incarnated in broken bodies that cry to you for justice. Once you see the bodies with the right mind, you can never go back. They have taken you into their world.