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Neuengamme concentration camp where Fritz Pfeffer died in December 1944

Neuengamme concentration camp where Fritz Pfeffer died in December 1944

The horrible gas chambers at Auschwitz. Used for the first time in 1941.  I visited Auschwitz in October 2009. Ran chills down my spine! :-(

The horrible gas chambers at Auschwitz. Used for the first time in 1941. I visited Auschwitz in October 2009. Ran chills down my spine! :-(

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.

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.

Former prisoners walking along the main street of the newly liberated Dachau concentration camp, May 1945.

Dachau remembered - 80 years later

Former prisoners walking along the main street of the newly liberated Dachau concentration camp, May 1945.

“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.”

“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.”

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp... (Oranienburg)... Germany

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp... (Oranienburg)... Germany

Sometimes, one simple picture can tell you more about history than any story you might read or any document you might analyze.

Sometimes, one simple picture can tell you more about history than any story you might read or any document you might analyze.

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