Jewish mothers and their children walk to the gas chambers at Birkenau. This was taken mid-1944, when the extermination process had been ramped up to full speed. Did these people know that death waited at the end of their walk? By 1944, the adults, at least, must have known. Even had they heard no rumors, the air itself must have been thick with the stink of burning flesh.
“Prisoners at the electric fence of Dachau concentration camp cheer American soldiers in Dachau, Germany in an undated photo. Some of them wear the striped blue and white prison garb. They decorated their huts with flags of all nations which they had made secretly as they heard the guns of the 42nd Rainbow Division getting louder and louder on the approach to Dachau.”