Gerda Taro, German Born & Jewish War Photographer Get A Google Doodle

Jul 31, 2018 - 8:30 pm 0 by
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On is a special Google logo for Gerda Taro. She died at the young age of 26, just a week or so before her 27th birthday, while capturing images on the front line of the Spanish Civil War in July 1937. She is known as the "the little red fox" for being the first female to photograph on the front lines of a war.

The Doodle has gone live on Google properties that are already on August 1st, her birthday in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States.

She died on July 26, 1937 from her wounds while capturing the Republican army retreat at the Battle of Brunete.

She was born on August 1, 1910 in Stuttgart, Germany and had to flee the country when Hitler and the Nazi party took control. She was born into a middle-class Jewish Galician family and thus didn't really see eye-to-eye with the Nazi party. In 1933, she was arrested and detained for distributing anti-Nazi propaganda.

Google wrote:

Though she was tiny in stature, Gerda Taro had the heart of a giant. Known as “the little red fox,” the ginger-haired photographer fearlessly turned her camera lens to capture sensitive and critical images of conflict around the world, producing powerful black-and-white images that informed readers of the newspaper Ce Soir. In fact, Taro is considered to be the first female journalist in the world to cover the front lines of conflict.

Here’s to Gerda Taro, who had a photographer’s eye, a journalist’s soul, and a warrior’s courage.

She moved to France in moved to Paris in 1934. In her short 26 years, she really left a legacy for her name. You can read about her on Wikipedia.

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