Paul Leo Seidel, of Munich, former inmate of the Auschwitz Extermination Camp, displays a model of the ‘Boger Swing.' It was a torture method devised by Wilhlem Boger, one of the defendants at the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials held from December 20, 1963 to August 19, 1965. 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 ‘swing’ by Boger using truncheon or whip. Rights Managed, Stock Photo Corbis
This photo, one of the most widely distributed after the war, shows a German soldier shooting a Ukrainian Jew during a mass execution in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, sometime between 1941 and 1943. This image is titled "The last Jew in Vinnitsa", the text that was written on the back of the photograph, which was found in a photo album belonging to a German soldier. The German is no more than 20 years old. The youth in the black uniform in the background is no more than 16.
This is Sigmund Sobolewski. He was the 88th prisoner to enter into Auschwitz. Born to a Catholic family in Poland, Sobolewski was an officer in the Polish Army when Germany invaded the country. He would survive the initial invasion only to be arrested for his father’s anti-Nazi activities. Only 17 years old when he arrived at Auschwitz on the very first transport to the fledgling camp in June of 1940, he would spend the next four and a half years there, until the camp’s liberation in January…
"Hans Scholl of The White Rose, a small group of students and one professor at the University of Munich who defied and spoke out against Nazi horrors. In less than a year in 1943 Hans, his sister Sophie and Christoph Probst were caught, “tried” and beheaded. They saw crimes against humanity and resisted, knowing that this would cost them their lives. At a time when conformity turned an entire nation into a murderous mob, they remained individualists, becoming heroes of all mankind."
Eva and Leana Munzer These two little Jewish girls have a very sad story. Their parents left them with a non-Jewish family who took care of them. Then the husband and wife had a fight and the husband betrayed them to the SS, who captured the girls and sent them to Auschwitz, where they were gassed upon arrival. Their little brother, Alfred, however, survived.
Wilhelm Friedrich Boger was one the worst criminals and torturers Nazi Germany produced during the war. As "The Tiger of Auschwitz," he was responsible for the horrific deaths of hundreds of prisoners with the use of the "Boger swing," a torture implement he used to turn his victims into pulp with a crowbar. Postwar, he escaped detection until 1959 when he was arrested. He died in prison in 1977 while serving a life sentence. #WWII #Holocaust
Gisella Perl,a successful Jewish gynaecologist in Romania in the 1930s and 40s.She was taken to Auschwitz in 1944,where she treated women with kindness and compassion.She was asked to report all pregnant women to Josef Mengele- better known as the Angel of Death.When she discovered what was done to them (medical experimentation and torture,ending with often being thrown alive into the crematoriums)she vowed that there would never again be a pregnant woman in Aschwitz.So she began the…