chapter  12
Ordinary Snapshots of Interpreters at War
A narrative of disaster
ByXoán Manuel Garrido-Vilariño
Pages 10

During the Second World War, science and technology were not employed solely for the advancement of human progress but were at the service of a totalitarian regime whose aim was the mass annihilation of civilians. This chapter aims to contribute to the different ways of understanding the nature of the constrained interpreting activity in World War II. In the case of World War II, the Nazi state's ideological machine transformed simple anonymous photographers into active agents of manipulation. Anonymous snapshots may well be considered historic documents, when the moments framed in the pictures go far beyond the frame when they are inserted into the picture's historical narratives. At a micro-historical level, photography as a field experience made it difficult to put in practice photography as war propaganda. The basic photographic effects of depth of field and flatness relate the perpetrators to the victims in an assumedly balanced manner.