Horror Story - U1417464 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis. Paul Leo Seidel, of Munich, former inmate of the Auschwitz camp, displays a model of the so-called ‘Bocer Swing’ – A torture method devised by Wilhlem Bocer, one of the defendants at the Frankfurt trial. According to testimony of Auschwitz survivors, the prisoner’s hands were tied in back and their legs put through this loop. They were then made to ‘wing’ by Bocer using truncheon or whip.
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A Jew and a medical doctor, the Auschwitz prisoner Miklos Nyiszli - No. A8450 - was spared death for a grimmer fate: to perform autopsies and 'scientific research' on his fellow inmates at Auschwitz under the supervision of Dr. Josef Mengele, the chief provider for the gas chambers. Miraculously, Nyiszli survived to give an horrifying and sobering account, one of the first books to bring the full horror of the Nazi death camps to the public - Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account.
A survivor of the Andersonville Prison during the American Civil War. A prisoner of the camp described the view upon entering: "As we entered the place, a spectacle met our eyes that almost froze our blood with horror, and made our hearts fail within us. Before us were forms that had once been active and erect; stalwart men, now nothing but mere walking skeletons, covered with filth and vermin."13,000 of 45,000 prisoners died there. Hostilities of the war officially ended on April 9, 1865.
Auschwitz survivor A-7603--Dora Apsan Sorell, MD--in whose eyes are reflected the beauty of wisdom and the horror of her past. In 2003, she received a $3,043 reparations check for the slave labor she did during the war, which she donated in full to a Jewish organization that provides humanitarian relief in Darfur.
The last two survivors of the Treblinka death camp tell their stories. Samuel Willenberg, now 89, was forced to assist in the mass murder. He discovered that his sisters had been killed when he found their clothing in a pile of belongings he was sifting through.
"Bernard Goldstein was a Jewish child who was deported on the last train that left Drancy to Auschwitz, on 31 July 1944. This child is full of life and the photograph shows a moment of happiness. This happy instant is in contrast to the horror of the Holocaust. This child is looking at the audience and is asking them not to forget him. The choice of one murdered child is an attempt to give him back his individuality and humanity." Poster by Aude Benhaim.
In late 1943 the Nazis began to liquidate the ghetto, deporting many to concentration camps. In March 1944 the SS dragged all children under the age of 12 from homes and hiding paces. This so-called "Children's Action" claimed 1300 lives. A mother's diary recorded the horror of watching her child "tossed like a puppy into the truck...."
The B-17 was famous for her durability and survivability. Here one B-17 of the 100th Bomber Squadron of the USAAF rests in an English airfield after being severely damaged by flack over Frankfurt. She was eventually repaired and returned to normal duty, 1944.