Please, please, please — stop using photos like the one above to illustrate the horror of Auschwitz. One prisoner in the photo is having trouble walking out of the camp, after it was liberated, but the other men in the photo look like they are in excellent condition.
The photo above was used in a news story about how Auschwitz survivors confronted Reinhold Hanning, a former SS man who worked at the Auswchwitz 1 camp. Hanning allegedly mistreated the prisoners at Auschwitz, so let’s see some photos of the prisoners who were mistreated.
Notice the man on the far right, who has a double chin. None of the survivors of the Auschwitz main camp look like they were starving.
The photo above would be more suitable for showing the prisoners after they had been liberated from the main Auschwitz camp.
The photo above would be suitable to illustrate the horror of the Auschwitz camp, but why was this boy allowed to live? He was under the age of 15, and he was not in good health, so why wasn’t he gassed?
The photo above is also used in the news article, but again, this shows that the survivors of Auschwitz were in good health. The man in the center of the photo is leaning on a crutch, but maybe he had just sprained his ankle. At least, the Nazis provided him with a crutch, instead of forcing him to crawl around.
The photo below is my favorite Auschwitz survivor photo.
Notice that the woman in the photo above is wrapped up in a warm comforter, but she is unhappy about being dragged out of her warm bed to pose for an Auschwitz liberation movie.