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Erich Lessing

Erich Lessing (b. 1923) was born in Vienna, but before he finished high school, Hitler's occupation of Austria forced him to emigrate to Israel. His mother remained in Vienna and died in Auschwitz. Lessing studied at Haifa's Technical College, before working on a kibbutz; after his time as a soldier he also drove a taxi for a living. During the Second World War, Lessing served in the British Army as an aviator and photographer. He returned to Vienna in 1947. He worked as a reporter and photographer for the Associated Press. His pictures of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution serve as a record of the hope of the first days of the revolt followed by the pain of its suppression. He published more than forty books.

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