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Starving prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, used for "scientific" experiments at the Ebensee, concentration camp in Austria. The camp was liberated on May 7, 1945.

Birkenau Concentration Camp Complex, Oswiecim, Poland. (Auswitch)

Juana Bormann (or Johana Borman) was a prison guard at several Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and was executed as a war criminal at Hamelin, Germany after a trial in 1945. One of her favorite "games" was unleashing her starving shepherd dog on helpless prisoners -- hence her nickname "The woman with the dogs."

Prisoners liberated at Dachau- April 29th 1945

These inmates of the Amphing [i.e., Ampfing] concentration camp in Germany were recently liberated by U.S. Third Army troops - 1945

Arriving at Auschwitz, children and their mothers, along with the old and infirm, were taken directly to the gas chambers. Those exhausted by slave labor and the appalling conditions joined them, while camp doctors, including the notorious Josef Mengele, selected thousands of prisoners for cruel, crippling and life-threatening experimentation. By 1944, so many were being killed that the bodies had to be burnt on huge pyres, fueled, partly, by the victim’s own fat.

concentration camp Birkenau

Not published in LIFE magazine. Examining Buchenwald prisoners after the camp's liberation by U.S. troops, April 1945.

Survivors in the "Russian Camp" section of Mauthausen. (May 5-10, 1945)