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“The world must know what happened, and never forget.” At the end of the Second World War, General Ike Eisenhower made the decision to personally visit as many Nazi concentration camps as he possible could. His reason? He felt compelled to document the camps, their appalling conditions and the brave souls who survived it. He anticipated a time when the Nazi atrocities might be downplayed or even denied, and as such ordered the filming and photographing of camps as they were liberated
This is Private Joe Demler of the US Army, he was a guest of the Third Reich for barely 3 months before being liberated in April 1945. Dressed in his pajamas with his sleeves and pant legs rolled up he was photographed looking more like a skeleton wearing skin than a human being.
Jewish men stand at the edge of a mass grave in Nazi occupied Russia, waiting to be shot. Behind, more other men, and a young boy, wait their turn. The Nazis forced the Jews to strip as a form of degradation, and because it made escape more difficult. Also, their clothing was cleaned and sent to Germany for sale to Germans down on their luck. Note the well-dressed civilians observing the executions as if they were a carnival attraction.
Burgsteindorf, Germany, German women on their way out after a screening of the film "Atrocities: The evidence" about the Horrors of the camps, 30/05/1945. The conquering forces of the British army forced the local population to watch films about the horrors commited by the Nazi government. At the same day, around 4000 residents of the village Burgsteindorf were forced to watch a movie containing scenes from the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald