The Devil’s Den gained infamy during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Fewer than 80 years following the Civil War, when both men and land were divided over the atrocities of slavery, German prisoners of war were put to work at sites throughout the South for the horrors of WWII. Dana Mueller’s photography project The Devil’s Den contrasts the POWs’ constructive labor on Southern farms with the destructive legacy of Nazi Germany, while also exploring contemporary notions of German history and identity. Click here to see Mueller’s project The Devil’s Den, 2009 - present.
"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion, — all in one." — John Ruskin