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Title:Confronting Horror: Emily Hobhouse and the Concentration Camp Photographs of the South African War
Author:Godby, Michael
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:concentration camps
Anglo-Boer wars
History and Exploration
Women's Issues
Ethnic and Race Relations
Military, Defense and Arms
About person:Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41056558
Abstract:Although the histories of the concentration camps of the South African War of 1899-1902 and those of World War II are very different, it is inevitable that some of the horror of the Holocaust attaches to any account of the original concentration camps and the photographs of them. The concentration camp photographs have been made to work as anti-war propaganda. In an attempt to establish the appropriate historical context for the concentration camp photographs of the South African War, this article draws on the letters of Emily Hobhouse, who was perhaps the most vociferous British opponent of the South African War. Emily Hobhouse began to acquire photographs during her time in the camps from a mixture of motives. Hobhouse herself learned to use photographs to strengthen her arguments but her letters provide valuable evidence as to how photographs were actually made in the camps. Funerary photographs, for instance, were intended for private circulation, and photographs of children and family groups served to express the importance of family relationships. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]