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August 6, 2011

walking to the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:28 am

Jews walking to the gas chambers at Birkenau

Auschwitz SS men and women relaxing on their day off

German men and women on the staff at Auschwitz relaxing on their day off (photo from the Auschwitz Album)

The two photos above are from the Auschwitz Album, a book of photos taken by the SS men at the infamous Auschwitz Birkenau death camp.

The USHMM caption on the first photo, which I copied from their web site is

Jewish women and children from Subcarpathian Rus who have been selected for death at Auschwitz-Birkenau, walk toward the gas chambers. [Photograph #77356]

Those pictured include Jolan Wollstein of Szombathely, her children Erwin, Judith, Dori and Naomi, her non-Jewish governess Edith, Henchu Mueller Falkovics, Kreindel Vogel and her sister Sase Vogel and Rita Gruenglass.

Of all the horrific crimes committed by the Germans at Auschwitz, this has got to be the worst:  Taking photos of people walking to their death, and then putting them into a photo album along with photos of SS men relaxing on their day off.  How cruel is that!

Young boys marching to gas chambers at Birkenau

The USHMM caption on the photo above is

Jewish women and children from Subcarpathian Rus who have been selected for death at Auschwitz-Birkenau, walk toward the gas chambers. [Photograph #77343]

Both photos of the Jews, who are walking to the gas chamber, show them walking north through the middle of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.  They are passing up the barracks in the background, so these can’t be Jews who have been selected to work.  The only place they could be going is to the gas chambers at the western end of the camp.

These people are walking down the road that bisects the camp from north to south. Halfway down this road, the Jews will turn left and go west down another road that leads to the gas chambers at the far end of the camp.

The prisoners, who have been selected to work, will take the same route to the Sauna where they will take a shower, while their clothes are  being disinfected.

The most famous photo of Jews walking to the gas chamber is the one shown below.

Iconic photo of woman and children walking to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The USHMM caption on this photo is

A Jewish woman walks towards the gas chambers with three young children after going through the selection process on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. [Photograph #77217]

The photo below is also from the Auschwitz Album.

SS men singing at their retreat near Auschwitz-Birkenau

In the photo above, an accordionist leads a sing along for SS officers at their retreat at Solahutte outside Auschwitz. Pictured in the front row are Karl Hoecker, Otto Moll, Rudolf Hoess, Richard Baer, Josef Kramer, Franz Hoessler and Josef Mengele.

Except for Karl Hoecker, the SS men in the front row were the worst war criminals in the entire history of World War II.  How could these men go on vacation, after gassing innocent Jews at Auschwitz, and then put their vacation photos into the same album with the pictures of the victims walking to their death?

Karl Hoecker was the man who put together the album.  Didn’t he know that his good buddies were the worst criminals in the world?  And why was Hoecker so stupid that he left behind photographic evidence of the gassing of Jews at Auschwitz?

One survivor said that she was saved because she CHOSE TO WALK to the showers instead of riding in the truck that was provided for transportation to the gas chamber.  You can read the story here of the survivor who was saved by walking.