Auschwitz through the lens of the SS: Photos of Nazi leadership at the camp

I don’t usually post articles, etc. But this really hit me. Thought I’d share.

Newly discovered snapshots donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum provide a stunning counterpoint to what up until now has been the only major source of preliberation Auschwitz photos.

In the Shadow of Horror, SS Guardians Frolic New York Times, September 19th.

From the article….

The photos provide a stunning counterpoint to what up until now has been the only major source of preliberation Auschwitz photos, the so-called Auschwitz Album, a compilation of pictures taken by SS photographers in the spring of 1944 and discovered by a survivor in another camp. Those photos depict the arrival at the camp of a transport of Hungarian Jews, who at the time made up the last remaining sizable Jewish community in Europe. The Auschwitz Album, owned by Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust museum, depicts the railside selection process at Birkenau, the area where trains arrived at the camp, as SS men herded new prisoners into lines.

The comparisons between the albums are both poignant and obvious, as they juxtapose the comfortable daily lives of the guards with the horrific reality within the camp, where thousands were starving and 1.1 million died.

You can view the online album here.

Thanks to my brother-in-law for the pointer.

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2 thoughts on “Auschwitz through the lens of the SS: Photos of Nazi leadership at the camp

  1. Disturbing to see the SS portrayed as …people. Dining and playing with dogs. I can’t get over imagining them as something less human-esque.

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