Prisoner number 8210, this Purple Triangle, belonged to Franz Wozniak in Dachau. Dachau was one of the most horrible concentration camps, there were medical experiments on prisoners. The gas chambers at Dachau, more than 70,000 people died at Dachau. The PURPLE triangle was used for Jehovah's Witnesses and was attached on the prisoner uniforms. More than 2,000 Jehovah's Witnesses have died in German concentration camps during WWII. Today, there are over 165,387 JW's with 272,867 Memorial…
Catholic priests give the Nazi salute near the Vilna ghetto in occupied Poland. It should be noted that the priests gave the salute voluntarily and with enthusiasm. They did not speak out against Hitler who was a good Catholic until his death.
A Prisoner in Dachau forced to stand without moving for hours as a punishment. This was common throughout the camps..including during the winter after working all day. His purple triangle identified him as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.
American soldiers walk by row after row of corpses lying on the ground beside barracks at the Nazi concentration camp at Nordhausen, Germany, on April 17, 1945. The camp is located about 70 miles west of Leipzig. As the camp was liberated on April 12, the U.S. Army found more than 3,000 bodies, and a handful of survivors.
Purple triangles Jehovah's Witnesses were put in concentration camps for refusing to back Hitler, refusing military service or even working in the war effort. They could have been freed if they had signed a paper to renounce their beliefs and their God Jehovah.
An emaciated 18-year-old Russian girl looks into the camera lens during the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in 1945. Dachau was the first German concentration camp, opened in 1933. More than 200,000 people were detained between 1933 and 1945, and 31,591 deaths were declared, most from disease, malnutrition and suicide. Unlike Auschwitz, Dachau was not explicitly an extermination camp, but conditions were so horrific that hundreds died every week.
U.S. military authorities prepare to hang Dr. Klaus Karl Schilling at Landsberg, Germany, on May 28, 1946. In a Dachau war crimes trial he was convicted of using 1,200 concentration camp prisoners for malaria experimentation. Thirty died directly from the inoculations and 300 to 400 died later from complications of the disease. His experiments, all with unwilling subjects, began in 1942.
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.