The child Josef Schleifstein poses with two survivors at Buchenwald. Josef spent three of his first four years as a prisoner in Buchenwald. Though some of the SS guards treated him as a camp mascot of sorts, Josef was lined up with other inmates for execution, and only saved by his father's last second intervention. Because the German's valued his father's leatherworking skills, Josef was allowed to survive. He and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1947.
A boy left his bike chained to a tree when he went away to war in 1914. He never returned, leaving the tree no choice but to grow around the bike. Incredible that this bike has been there for 98 years now!
Orli Wald was a member of the German Resistance in Nazi Germany. She was arrested in 1936 and charged with high treason, whereupon she served four and a half years in a women's prison, followed by "protective custody" in Nazi concentration camps until 1945, when she escaped. She was a prisoner functionary in the infirmary at Auschwitz-Birkenau and because of her helpfulness to Jewish and other prisoners, was called the "Angel of Auschwitz".
After the execution in the gravel pit, some SS of the firing squad, pose proudly for snapshot. The phographer must calculate, shutter speed, aperature size, focus... It will be a memorable keepsake that might eventually find its way to the family album.