Unlike the later deportations to the East, it was a relatively regular occurrence for those individuals being expelled in October 1940 to be photographed on their way to the collection camps or train stations. Photographic evidence has survived from Bretten, Bruchsal, Emmendingen, Gailingen, Kippenheim, Ludwigshafen, Lörrach and Tauberbischofsheim. Evidently, when it came to photography there were few inhibitions and no official prohibitions, and photographs were taken by police officers and onlookers alike. Bruchsal’s city archive collection even includes a short piece of film footage that featured in a chronicle of the city.
The photograph shows Jews waiting for their bags to be searched and for the forced conversion of their remaining cash. The woman looking past the camera is Elsa Löb (wearing glasses), she was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942. The man looking into the camera is Ludwig Pinkus (centre), he survived but died soon after in 1947, in Aix-les.Bains. Nothing is known about the woman with the blanket over her shoulder.