Heinz Baade was born in 1958 in a small village in northern Germany. He discovered at an early age, photography and natural sciences as his great passions and preserves both until today.
His keen interest in the preservation of the environment led him to study environmental engineering sciences and he also built a career in the profession.
Baade is a autodidact and he looks back on its own 40-year-old photographical experience. He encapsulates a wide range of subjects and he preferred social aspects using analog cameras as he believes that too much of digital manipulation can rob the "soul" of an image. However, he also has all his photographs digitized, because he came to the realization that the work is too time consuming in a darkroom.
Heinz Baade believes that the magic of a photograph is often reinforced by the reduction to black & white; he attaches importance to a clear image construction with sharp contrasts, directness and authenticity.
He lives in Hamburg / Germany.
This portfolio provides an overview of my photography (photos from 1974 to 2012).
Remember the D-Day
The liberation of the world from Hitler`s fascism began first by the defeat of the
“Wehrmacht” in Stalingrad and then by the Allied landings in the Normandy.
Operation Overlord, the Allied effort to stop Nazi Germany during World War II, began on
June 6, 1944, commonly referred to as D-day. The largest air, land and sea operation in
history included 5,000 ships, 13,000 airplanes and more than 160,000 military members
from the Allied Forces. Operation Overlord began with the invasion of France via the
beaches of Normandy.
After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training, for the Allied Forces, it
all came down to this: The boat ramp goes down, then jump, swim, run, and crawl to the
cliffs. Many of the first young men (most not yet 20 years old) entered the surf carrying
eighty pounds of equipment. They faced over 200 yards of beach before reaching the first
natural feature offering any protection. Blanketed by small-arms fire and bracketed by
artillery, they found themselves in hell.
By day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy and more than 100,000
Soldiers began the march across Europe.
The images were taken at Pointe du Hoc which is a clifftop location on the coast of
Normandy in northern France. It is situated between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha
Beach to the east, and stands on 100 ft (30 m) tall cliffs overlooking the sea. Marking the
Western end of the Omaha beach sector, it was a point of attack by the United States
Army Ranger Assault Group.
At Pointe du Hoc, the task for the 2nd Ranger battalion commanded by Lt. Colonel James
Rudder, was to scale the 30 metres (98 ft) cliffs under enemy fire and grenades with ropes
and ladders and then destroy the guns there. The beach fortifications were vital targets
since a single artillery forward observer based there could have directed fire on the U.S.
beaches. The Rangers were eventually successful and captured the fortifications. They
then had to fight for 2 days to hold the location, losing more than 60 percent of their men.
The D-Day cost was high - when it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000
casualties; more than 4,000 were dead -- but finally more than three million allied troops
were in France by the end of August to defeat Hitler.
Heinz Baade / Hamburg / December 2015
20 Black & White Photos
In the era of National Socialism in Germany there were some 1,000 concentration and sub-camps and seven extermination camps. They served the murder of millions of people, the elimination of political opponents, the forced labor exploitation, medical experiments on human beings nand the nternierung of prisoners of war. The storage system constituted an essential element of the lawless National Socialist rule. Width branches of German industry benefited directly or indirectly from it.
Today it is assumed that about two-thirds of the six million Jews that the German Holocaust, Shoah or Holocaust later called, were killed, were murdered right in extermination and concentration camps - about a third was killed in mass shootings.
Because of the incredibly large extent of mass murder is little tangible to us today, should here be representative reminded of the incomprehensible to the hanging of 20 children - based on the Children's Portraits get a victims 'face' - the former murders of innocent children is on this way be made more comprehensible.
About the murder of the children from Bullenhuserdamm towards the end of the war once said the famous Magnum photographer Erich Hartmann:
"If I would have to summarize it (the Holocaust) in one place, then it would not Auschwitz, but Bullenhuserdamm. In Auschwitz, more than one million people died; in the school on Bullenhuserdamm there were twenty children. They were used by the Nazis for medical experiments. In April 1945, the SS brought these children in the middle of the night in the boiler room and hanged them. The youngest were 5 years old. There can be nothing worse than that.”
Quote: Erich Hartmann , photographer and author of the Book `In the Camps`".
The Holocaust is so far the largest organized mass murder in history. Approximately 6 million Jews, Sinti, Roma and other people have systematically murdered by the National Socialists during the second world war. In particular, in the concentration camps of Auschwitz -Birkenau, Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec murders took an industrial character in the course of every day, thousands of people in the gas chambers using Zyklon B were gassed. Although it also countless children were murdered, falling an event from the framework that towards the end of the war took place: the murder of the 20 children from Bullenhuserdamm in Hamburg - in their fate the incredible and experienced cruelty of the murderers of the Nazi regime is particularly evident.
Josef Mengele, notorious camp doctor at Auschwitz was instructed to deliver twenty Jewish children to medical experiments at the Neuengamme concentration camp towards the end of the war in Berlin. There they were to be provided to the SS doctor Kurt Meyer for human experiments for the development of vaccines TB available.
As British troops already had reached the city of Hamburg, the command came from Berlin ,to eradicate child to conceal the evidence of the crime.
Then, the children were brought together with their supervisors in the late evening hours of April 20, 1945 by KZ Neuengamme in the basement of the empty school on "Bullenhuserdamm" in Hamburg's Hammer Brook.
The SS - physician Alfred Trzebinski gave the children an injection of morphine, and then the SS sergeant Johann Frahm them put a rope around his neck and hanged by the children of the row in the adjacent boiler room of the school on two hooks.
On the same night another 28 adults were - the caregivers, and Soviet prisoners of war murdered.
The bodies of the children were burned in the crematorium in Neuengamme.
The photos were taken in the memorials of the former concentration camps Neuengamme and Bergen - Belsen as well as in the memorial "Bullenhuser Damm" in Hamburg and in the adjacent "Rose Garden".
The photos appear courtesy of "Vereinigung Kinder vom Bullenhuser Damm e.V.”, Hamburg, Germany.
The “"Vereinigung Kinder vom Bullenhuser Damm e.V.” has following web -side: http://www.kinder-vom-bullenhuser-damm.de/_english/index.html.
In memory of all 60 million victims of the Nazi–regime and 6 million victims of the HOLOCAUST.
Heinz Baade, in January 2016.
1. The memorial of the former concentration camp Neuengamme near Hamburg. Here until the war about 50,000 people were killed. The prisoners had to forced labor for on the premises SS own brickyard afford in the defense industry and in the construction of military facilities (Friesenwall). In Neuengamme medical experiments on humans was performed. The concentration camp had at least 86 satellite camps.
2. The plant for the production of bricks of the former concentration camp Neuengamme near Hamburg.
3. Sculpture "The Dying Prisoner" by Françoise Salmon in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.
4. A visitor to the former Neuengamme concentration camp - in the foreground the Sculpture "The Dying Prisoner" and on the right side the memorial.
5. The highly secure fence of the concentration camp Neuengamme - the fence was secured with power - prisoners who tried to escape and touched the fence were immediately death.
6. A sign with notes to the hedging of the former Neuengamme concentration camp with the following text: "Camp fence - initially only the prisoner camp was secured by a fence and watchtowers. Outside working prisoners were guarded by SS guards with rifles and dogs. 1944, the SS fences the whole KZ-area and build more towers.
The fence posts were made in the camp and set up of prisoners. The fence was secured with thick barbed wire and could be electrified. In short intervals were occupied with machine guns guard towers.
Approached a prisoner the fence without the safety zone (5 meter) noted he was shot without warning.
Some prisoners committed suicide by running into the electric fence.
In the fields around the camp itself were bunkers with machine-gun posts. An escape was virtually impossible.
7. An appeal court of the former concentration camp Neuengamme near Hamburg. The permanently hungry and exhausted prisoners had to line up in the early morning hours in the ranks. Then they had to go after the hard labor. Incapacitated prisoners were shot immediately.
8. The wide area of the former concentration camp Neuengamme near Hamburg with the access road.
9. Visitors to the former concentration camp near Hamburg Neuengamme - they commemorate the suffering of prisoners at a makeshift camp barracks.
10. Rails of the "Deutsche Reichsbahn" on the grounds of the former concentration camp Neuengamme. Most of the prisoners were taken in transport wagons to the concentration camp.
11. An original transport wagon of the "Deutsche Reichsbahn" on the grounds of the former concentration camp Neuengamme. Herein, the prisoners were taken to the camp.
12. An original transport wagon of the "Deutsche Reichsbahn" on the grounds of the former concentration camp Neuengamme with a small window with drawn faces of the consigned prisoners. The windows were secured with barbed wire. The faces can the suffering of the prisoners well empathize.
13. Drawn prisoners in an original transport wagon on the former concentration camp Neuengamme. The detainees were predominantly male - they wore the characteristic striped prisoner suits. The suffering of the people was immeasurable.
14. In the Documentation Centre of the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen near the city of Hannover. In the center monitors are installed in those video contributions survivor be played. Until the liberation of the camp by British troops on 15 April 1945 at least 52,000 prisoners died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp due to the prison conditions. For thousands it was a way station to the death camps. On the camp grounds there are many memorial sites and mass graves. On the photo you see the extensive documentation center from the inside and a former inmate who reported on the storage conditions.
15. Former prisoner Pavel Kriwoschap reported in the Documentation Centre of the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in a video about his stay in the camp. Following text is to read: "In broad daylight he took a Dutchman, put him in front of us on the bed and gave him an injection and I saw how this Dutchman died after 5 minutes."
16. Former prisoner Francino Christophe (11 years old at the time) reported in the Documentation Centre of the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in a video about their stay in the camp. Following text is to read: "Some evenings, there was nothing left. So I screamed at Mum." I`m hungry! I`m hungry, Mum! "I told her over and over again. I wanted her to know."
17. A prisoner card with personal information of the Russian prisoner Antanina Konjakina - born in 1909, professional dentist – in the former concentration camp Bergen - Belsen. Whether she survived the camp is unknown.
18. A collection of photos from the former concentration camp of Bergen - Belsen. We see 3 Prisoners, transporting corpses, a pile of corpses and digging a mass grave.
19. A portrait of Anne Frank - born in 1929 in Frankfurt and died in 1945 in the former concentration camp of Bergen - Belsen. In the Netherlands she had lived from July 1942 with her family in a hidden secret annexe in Amsterdam. This hiding Anne Frank kept her experiences and thoughts in a diary, which was published after the war diary of Anne Frank by her father Otto Frank. The "Diary of Anne Frank" is considered a historical document from the period of the Holocaust and the author Anne Frank as a symbol against the inhumanity of the genocide in the period of National Socialism. The timings and the symptoms described the eyewitnesses speak aloud the latest investigations that Anne died of typhus in the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen.
20. A drawing of an inmate from the former concentration camp Neuengamme near Hamburg. To see are prisoners in forced labor while digging a trench - guarded by armed members of the SS and special personnel.
21. A drawing of an inmate from the former concentration camp Neuengamme near Hamburg. To see is the drawing of a prisoner in his typical striped prisoner's suit. The prisoner is called "Muselman".
22. A drawing of an inmate from the former concentration camp of Bergen - Belsen, near Hanover. The drawing was made by Mary Kessel, probably a former prisoner in Bergen - Belsen concentration camp.
23. A group photo of SS - men of former Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg. They are the perpetrators - the culprits. You have behaved inhumanely. It is astonishing that the perpetrators were mostly ordinary people who still were murderers. An insight that is important to prevent future genocides early on.
24. The sign of the memorial Bullenhuserdamm in the city of Hamburg about 3 kilometers from the city center. This was a school that has been converted into a satellite camp of the concentration camp Neuengamme. Here were on 20 April 1945 20 Jewish children hanged from SS - offenders - according to medical experiments. The sign reads: "The BULLENHUSER DAMM MEMORIAL. During the night of 20 April SS men murdered 20 Jewish children and at least 28 adults in the basement of the building 92 Bullenhuser Damm.
The Bullenhuser Damm Memorial, established in 1980, is dedicated to the memory of these children, who were subjected to medical experiments in the Neuengamme concentration camp before being murdered, the four prisoners who cared for them, and the at least 24 unknown Soviet prisoners who were also murdered here that night".
25. In this cellar the 20 Jewish children were hanged on 20 April 1945. The room is only about 9 x 12 feet tall. On the floor are to see memorial - utensils of visitors; among other things, a wreath, teddy bears and candles. On the wall are written explanations to the events - including the names of all 20 Jewish children with the age specified when they died.
The following 20 children names with ages must be read:
Alexander Hornemann 9 years
Marek Steinbaum 10 years
Eduard Hornemann 12 years
Marek James 6 years
W. Junglieb 6 years
Roman Witonski 6 years
R. Zeller 12 years
Sergio de Simone 7 years
Georges Andre Kohn 12 years
E. Reichenbaum 10 years
Jacqueline Morgenstern 12 years
S. Goldinger 11 years
Leika Birnbaum 11 years
Eleonora Lenka Witonska 5 years
Ruchla Zylberberg 8 years
H. Wassermann 8 years
Lola Kligerman 12 years
Rywka Herszberg 6 years
B. Mekler 11 years
Mania Altmann 5 years.
Below the children names the names of the 4 childminders and the indication of 24 unknown Soviet prisoners - all of these persons were also hanged on 20 April 1945 in the boiler room.
26. The memorial stone with a picture of Lea Kligerman (8 years old at death) - it should be read: “Lea Kligerman born in 1937 in Ostrowiec, murdered with 8 years - Do not forget her.”
27. The memorial stone with a picture of Marek James (6 years old at death) - it should be read: “Marek James from Radom. He was just 6 years old.”
28. The memorial stone with a picture of Leika Birnbaum (12 years old at death).
29. The memorial stone with a picture of Bluma Mekler (11 years old at death) - it should be read: “In Memory of My little sister Bluma Mekler, who was only 11 years old when she were killed. Shifra Mor - Tel Aviv ".
30. The memorial stone with a picture of H. Wassermann (8 years old at death).
31. The memorial stone with a picture of Sergio de Simone (7 years old at death).
32. The memorial stone with a picture of Mania Altman (5 years old at death).
33. The memorial stone with a picture of Ruchla Zylberberg (8 years old at death).
34. The memorial stone with a picture of Jacqueline Morgenstern (12 years old at death).
35. The memorial stone with a picture of Georges-Andre Kohn (12 years old at death).
36. The memorial stone with a picture of Rywka Herszberg (6 years old at death).
37. The memorial stone with a picture of Marek Steinbaum (10 years old at death) - it should be read: “Marek Steinbaum, 1934 - 1945, In memory of my brother, who was a victim of the Nazis 10 years old. Lola Steinbaum, Monterey - California".
38. A photo of the trial in 1946, the so-called "Curio-Haus-process", in which the perpetrators were convicted. In the foreground we see three members of Court and in the background 6 killers of the 20 Jewish children and the other 28 adults. Most murderers were sentenced to death and executed in 1946.
39. A wall inscription in the Bullenhuser Damm memorial. They are the words of the camp commander of the Bullenhuser Damm satellite camp Ewald Jauch during the trial, the "Curiohaus process" in 1946. The camp commander Jauch asks the complicity Trzebinski following: "I ask Trzebinski if this had be done, and he answered,` Orders are Orders`". By asking the hanging of the 20 children is meant. Among them are the personal data of the offender Jauch: "Ewald Jauch in July 1946, camp leader (camp commander) of the Bullenhuser Damm satellite camp, sentenced to death for murder and excecuted in October 1946."
40. The photo of a large tree, which now stands outside the main gate of the concentration camp Neuengamme near Hamburg.
The old Stones
1. Stone grave of the megalithic-culture, about 5000 years old, Northern Germany, Baltic Coast
2. Stone grave of the megalithic-culture, about 5000 years old, Northern Germany, Baltic Coast
3. "Stonehenge" - probably the most famous monument of megalithic-culture near Amesbury in Wiltshire, England, about 13 kilometers north of Salisbury, it is at least 5,000 years old - but recent research shows an at least 11,000 years of history of the plant.
4. A menhir in Brittany near Carnac, a French community on the Atlantic coast. Menhirs are prehistoric, towering stone blocks. Menhirs belongs to the megalithic-culture, which was spread about 5,000 years ago in Europe, North Africa and Western Asia.
The menhirs pictured has a showy but random face drawing.
At the North Sea coast
At the North Sea coast II
At the North Sea coast IV
At the North Sea coast V
At the North Sea coast VI
At the North Sea coast VII
At the North Sea coast VIII
At the North Sea coast IX