Vienna, 1945: Father shoots wife and daughter and then commits suicide. Eyewitnesses said father wore gold Nazi Party badge, indicative of senior Nazi party membership. Incident occurred across the Parliament building in the Austrian capital.
A German girl is overcome as she is forced to walk through and around the exhumed bodies of some 800 slave workers that the SS guards near Namering, Germany murdered. The US Army who liberated the camp laid them out so that the townspeople, who feverishly denied knowledge of the camp, could view the work of their Nazi leaders.
A German policeman shoots individual Jewish women who remain alive in the ravine after a mass execution of Jews from the Mizocz ghetto on October 14, 1942. Note that a woman has raised herself and turned to look at her executioner.
German SS guards, exhausted from their forced labor clearing the bodies of the dead, are allowed a brief rest by British soldiers but are forced to take it by lying face down in one of the empty mass graves. Bergen-Belsen April 1945. Although the Germans know they won't be shot as they lie where they do, the experience should have been educational -- the feeling of lying face down in a ditch with guns pointed at you.
An undertaker in the Warsaw ghetto's Jewish cemetery on Okopowa Street lifts the body of a woman for Heinrich Joest to show him how little it weighs. Joest's caption reads: "The dead were not heavy, as one corpse-bearer showed me - although I had not asked him to - in front of the buildings of the Jewish cemetery."
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.
May 12 1932, the decomposed and animal-eaten body of Lindbergh's son is discovered by truck driver William Allen, about two miles from the family home. Cause of death was apparently a fractured skull, and Lindbergh identified the body though a birth defect of one of the toes. The aviator ordered the body cremated, without a full autopsy.
Newly discovered artifacts, photographs, and journals tell the story of 350 American GIs who were held as prisoners of war in one of Hitler's most secretive slave labor camps, known as Berga. Most of the American GIs weighed around 160 to 170 pounds when they arrived at Berga. When they were released ten weeks later, most of the survivors weighed around 80 to 90 pounds.
In the early years of Nazi Germany, Hitler ordered the euthanasia program, codenamed Aktion T4, to eliminate those “unworthy of life”. The first series of murders were by starvation, then lethal injection before finally evolving to the gas chamber and cremation. Unlike in the concentration camps doctors, not soldiers, were put in charge of deciding those who were executed. Over 400,000 Germans were sterilized while just about 200,000 were exterminated for having various mental disabilities.
A mother holds her newborn baby in the Kovno (Lithuania) Ghetto hospital. A Jewish star is sewn onto the child's blanket, marking the baby for probable death just minutes after he or she was born. Of the 30,000 original residents of the Kovno Ghetto, which was established in the summer of 1941, less than 10% survived.
"Female SS guards being forced to bury the bodies of concentration camp victims, Bergen-Belsen, April 28, 1945." I saw a documentary on this. When the former SS guards were allowed a break, they sat on the bodies like they were benches. That's how much they had dehumanized these victims (men,women & children).I guess that's how they could kill whole families with no problem. Biddy Craft
Soldiers pull the corpse of an SS guard from a moat at Dachau. Disarmed, the guards at concentration camps sought protection from Allied soldiers. Unable to disown their complicity in mass murder and torture, many were shot on sight by liberating troops. Others were handed over to rightly vengeful inmates who beat them to death with stones and fists. The Allies watched, refusing to intervene. Shocking is not how many guards died this way, but how many the inmates chose to let live.