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Gerda (Pohorylle) Taro (1910 - 1937)

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Gerda (Gerta) Taro formerly Pohorylle
Born in Stuttgart, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empiremap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Brunete, Madrid, Spanish Republicmap
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Gerta Pohorylle (1 August 1910 – 26 July 1937), known professionally as Gerda Taro, was a Jewish German war photographer active during the Spanish Civil War. She is regarded as the first woman photojournalist to have died while covering the frontline in a war. Taro was the companion and professional partner of photographer Endre Friedmann, and significantly contributed to the early work credited to the alias "Robert Capa." --[1]

During her coverage of the Republican army retreat at the Battle of Brunete, Taro hopped onto the footboard of a car that was carrying wounded soldiers. A Republican tank crashed into its side and Taro suffered critical wounds, dying the following day, 26 July 1937.


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