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Holocaust Photos: 20+ Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism
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Hundreds of holocaust photos are left to witness the inhumane conditions at Auschwitz and other concentration camps. These images allow us to see that place of extermination through different perspectives, whether through the camera of a Nazi officer, photos and drawings created by the prisoners, or the snapshots taken by the allies.

Among Holocaust photos, most widely known are the pictures belonging to what is known as the "Auschwitz Album." It is a collection of at least 200 photos taken by German SS officers portraying the deadly concentration camp.

Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

In the entire album, there are only four photos taken by prisoners belonging to the "Sonderkommando," in charge of burning in the crematoria the corpses of the victims of the gas chambers.

These remaining holocaust photos are a unique document of the violence and carnage of WW2.

One Of The Holocaust Photos Showing The Arrival At The Death Camp

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Taken from the train's roof, the photograph shows a broad view of the arrival platform at Birkenau, which was part of the Auschwitz complex.

In the background, crematoria II and III can be seen with their chimneys. SS guards Ernst Hofmann, and Bernhard Walter took these photos in May 1944, at the height of the Nazi death camp.

Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Survivor Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier found the images by chance and discovered that her neighbors and relatives appeared in them shortly before they were killed. The purpose of the pictures is not known.

The "Auschwitz Album," a set of 193 holocaust photos, is a unique document within the Holocaust and is kept in the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem.

Holocaust Photos Showing Elderly Jews From The Beregovo Ghetto Helping Off One Of The Trains

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

On one side of the car can be read: Deutsche Reichsbahn (German State Railways).

The spring of 1944 was when Auschwitz-Birkenau became Nazism's greatest killing machine. Around 400,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered in just a few months.

Holocaust Photos Show The Selection Of Who Dies First

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism
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The photos of the "Auschwitz Album" show one of the most atrocious moments in the history of humanity, the selection process on the Birkenau platform.

In just a few seconds, the deportees were selected by SS doctors to live or die immediately. In this image, Jews prepare for the selection process.

Deportees Waiting As Shown In These Holocaust Photos

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Jewish deportees were waiting for the selection process. In the background, you can see the entrance to Birkenau, now known as The Gate of Torture.

Getting "Examined "

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

An SS doctor "examines" the state of health of a Jewish man. The woman in the foreground is called Geza Lajtos, from Budapest. Holocaust survivors were able to recognize relatives in these images.

Of those who were destined to die immediately, this was, in some cases, the only memory left. The album is incomplete because Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier gave photos to family members who requested them.

Holocaust Photos Of The Cruel "Selection Process"

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Jews underwent the selection process on the Birkenau platform as soon as they arrived. Prisoners in striped suits were assisting the new arrivals.

The SS required them to be present on the platforms during the selection to ensure an orderly process.

Holocaust Photos Of Innocent Young Children

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

This is the best-known photo in the album, which must have caused an impression and an unimaginable pain for Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier because it shows two of her little brothers, Sril (Israel) and Zelig. The two were gassed soon after the image was taken.

Holocaust Photos Of The Minority Of Survivors

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Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Only a minority of Jews managed to survive. In this image, several women appear who were identified: Suri Aron, from the Tacovo ghetto, Chedvah Zelig (Holocaust survivor), Ester Kanez (Holocaust survivor), and Cilly Stahl (Holocaust survivor).

Holocaust Photos Of Prisoners

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Prisoners enter the women's camp, already in prison uniform, under the gaze of an SS guard.

People Being Tortured Until Death

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Men and women in the barracks area.

The Holocaust Photos: 20+ Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Those who survived the first selection were subjected to hard labor until death. The photo above is from Ebensee Concentration Camp because Auschwitz was not the only killing machine the Nazis used.

Holocaust Photos Showing How Belongings Were Destroyed

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Canada was where the possessions with which the deportees arrived were threshed. It received that name because it was identified as a prosperous country.

The prisoners were forced to collect their belongings and select the goods that could have value. By the time the process was over, most of the deportees they had belonged to had been killed.

Prisoners Working

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism
Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Prisoners work in Canada.

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Holocaust Photos Of The Lines Before The Gas Chambers

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Jewish women with their children walk towards the gas chambers, unaware of their fate.

Holocaust Photos Of Moments Before Death

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

The rooms in which the deportees were forced to undress before being killed were too small for the number of people killed in Auschwitz during this heinous period of the death camp.

Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Therefore, they had to wait outside, in an area near the crematorium.

People Unaware Of What Awaits Them

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Deportees wait without knowing the fate that awaits them.

The Holocaust Photos In Color Make The Victims More Real

Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

A prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp in an image taken around 1939.

Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

January 27 marks the International Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust during World War II.

Holocaust Photos Of Auschwitz: The Gates Of Hell

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Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp, in Poland, with personal effects of deportees in the middle of the train track.

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

An image from1945.

Concentration Camps Were Overcrowded

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Victims of the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, shortly after they were liberated by the US Army's 80th Division.

Among those portrayed is Elie Wiesel (seventh from left in the second row of compartments), who later would become a writer and Nobel Peace Prize, laureate.

Holocaust Photos Of Mass Graves

Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Mass grave of murdered Jews in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany, in an image taken shortly after the Allies liberated it.

Holocaust Photos Are Unbearably Distressing

Holocaust Photos: 20 Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

A Polish prisoner cries near the body of a fellow prisoner in the Erla concentration camp near Magdeburg, Germany.

Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Hate, injustice, and genocide did not end with World War II.

Evil is among us today in too many parts of the world. We need the moral courage to act against all kinds of injustice.

Holocaust Photos: 20 Haunting Images Of The Horror Of Auschwitz, An Emblem Of Nazism

Let us never forget!