John Rodgers photograph collection
Fonds / Archival Collection
Extent & Medium10 print photographs (b&w) ; 10 x 15 cm
DateApril 17, 1945
Date NoteDate refers to date of original negative; prints created c. 1990–1995
Administrative/Biographical HistoryCorporal John Rodgers served as a member of the ground crew of the Royal Canadian Air Force Mobile Field Photographic Section. His work during the Second World War involved installing and synchronizing cameras in the hulls of Spitfires to verify target hits and the testimony of pilots.
Scope & ContentThe collection consists of ten photographs that depict the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp liberation and aftermath. Twelve days after D-Day, all Canadians attached to the Royal Air Force No. 83 squadron were stationed in France. According to Corporal John Rodgers, an officer invited them into Germany to visit the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp but they were refused entry. Rodgers took photos without the officer knowing from outside the perimeter of the camp with the camera he always carried with him.
Archival HistoryAccession 1996.013
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferDonated to the VHEC in 1995 by Corporal John Rodgers.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
NoteLocation of original negatives unknown.
RightsCopyright to photographs belongs to John Rodgers.
Rules or ConventionsRules for Archival Description
Archivist's NoteFinding aid created by Amanda Alster in 2021 and supported with funding from Library and Archives Canada.
Date of Description2021