Richard Baer Kommandant at Auschwitz (1944-1945) and Dora (1945.) Baer served in the SS Totenkopf Division in 1942. At least 1,000,000 persons died at Auschwitz; about 20,000 perished at Dora. He died while in detention at trial in Frankfurt, Germany on June 17, 1963, having avoided prosecution for many years due to a false identity of Karl Neumann.
Himmler stands behind Hitler, 1934. Heinrich Luitpold Himmler: 1900 – 1945 was a military commander, and a leading member of the Nazi Party of Nazi Germany. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler later appointed him Commander of the Replacement (Home) Army and General Plenipotentiary for the administration of the entire Third Reich. Himmler was one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and one of the persons most directly responsible for the Holocaust.
Want to see what hate looks like? Here it is - Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, upon hearing that his photographer - Alfred Eisenstaedt - was Jewish., He blamed the defeat of Germany on the German people and not Hitler. On May 1st, 1945, he gave poison to his six children and then shot his wife and himself.
Olive Oatman was 13 when she traveled with her family to California by wagon. Attacked by Indians who killed all of the family but Olive, her Sister (who later died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). Sold to the Mojave tribe as a slave, she was tattooed and taken in as "one of their own". She was rescued 5 yrs later. She married John Fairchild in 1860, moved to Sherman TX where she died in 1903 and was buried in West Hill Cemetery on Lamar St. in Sherman.
Polish priest who was oldest surviving prisoner at Dachau concentration camp dies aged 100
The oldest surviving inmate of the Dachau concentration camp died at the begining of April 2013, aged 100. Leon Stepniak, a Polish priest, was arrested by the Gestapo in 1940 in the village of Klebowiec.He spent the next five years in Dachau, a site in south-east Germany which was the first concentration camp to be opened by the Nazi goverment.
Russian women and children recently liberated from a German concentration camp lay flowers at the bodies of 4 dead American soldiers. Russian eye witnesses reported the Americans were slain by German officers after they surrendered - Hilden, Germany, 1945.
Waffen SS killed many prisoners in cold blood; 12th SS Panzer Divison “Hitlerjugend”, a unit that took 43% of the casualties in the Normandy landings, it's youthful troops earning it the nickname “Baby Division” by the Allies. Many were so young that rather than standard tobacco/alcohol ration, they were given chocolate and sweets. In just under a year, the 20,540 members of the division had been whittled down to 10,000. Many allied troops did not accept the surrender of SS troops.
Nuremberg Rally, 1935. the annual rally of the Nazi Party in Germany, held from 1923 to 1938. was intended to symbolize the solidarity between the German people and the Nazi Party. This point was further emphasized by the yearly growing number of participants, which finally reached over half a million from all sections of the party, the army and the state. Each rally was given a programmatic title, which related to recent national events
Josef Rudolf Mengele, known as the Angel of Death, was a German SS officer and a physician in the Auschwitz concentration camp. He did horrific experiments on people in the camps. If there is a hell...he is there.
Theodor Eicke Kommandant at Dachau (1933-1934.) One of the most brutal men in the concentration camp system, he became the Inspector of Concentration Camps, after his stint at Dachau. He later served in the SS Totenkopf Division and assumed command of that formation. He was a winner of the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves; he was killed when his aircraft was shot down in Russia on February 26, 1943.
SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Fritz Witt who commanded the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend in Normandy is seen here with his German Shepard. Witt was a charismatic leader who had the deep respect of his men. Jovial in nature he was very often photographed in good spirits even when the chips were down. Even veterans who had served with him in Russia were said to have wept upon hearing the news of his death in his Normandy Bunker.
Jesse James' first train robbery was July 21, 1873 near Adair, Iowa. The engine, tender, and baggage cars were derailed and the engineer killed. Jesse and his brother Frank, approached the expressman with cocked 44’s. The James-Younger gang rode off with nearly $3,000—worth about $51,000 today.