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Photographers You Should Know: Arnold E. Samuelson

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Information for this article was collected from the United States Holocaust Museum.

Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, pose in concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. (Photo Credit: Arnold Samuelson via National Archives)

Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, pose in concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. (Photo Credit: Arnold Samuelson via National Archives)

Arnold E. Samuelson’s images from World War II are a permanent reminder of the atrocities of the Holocaust. A photographer with the United States Army Signal Corps, Samuelson and his crew were among the first to photographically document Nazi crimes and the conditions found at the Lenzing and Ebensee concentration camps.

Prior to WWII, Samuelson was employed by Eastman Kodak Company office in Portland, Oregon. In 1942, Samuelson was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps (the precursor to the U.S. Air Force) and later joined the Signal Corps a year later.

Samuelson began documenting the Allied forces battles in France and Belgium about three months after D-Day. He saw combat at the Battle of the Bulge and in 1945, he was given command of the 123rd Combat Unit where he was in command of two motion picture cameramen and two still photographers.

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