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March 24, 2018

The Sobibor death camp is in today’s news

Filed under: Holocaust — furtherglory @ 3:31 pm

Still photo from film that has just been released

The film is about the Sobibor death camp.

Many years ago, Sobibor was one of the Nazi death camps for Jews. The name Sobibor is pronounced “so-bee-bore” with the accent on the first syllable “so”.

My photo of a famous monument at the former Sobibor death camp

Many years ago, I went there and took many photos, which you can see on my website at

Now there is a new film, which has just been released. You can read about the film at

I was advised not to go there alone, but I went anyway, all by myself. I was told that this was a place where Jews would hide, and then jump out to rob and rape tourists.

Nothing bad happened to me. I arrived safely back home.


Photo of young Holocaust victim going viral

Filed under: Auschwitz, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 12:46 pm

It’s all over the news:

This is the story of a young girl, who was very beautiful before the Nazis got a hold of her.

Young Holocaust victim is shown in black & white and in a colorized version of the same photo

The following quote is from the news article which is included the photo above:

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Czeslawa Kwoka was 14 when she was photographed at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp. Tens of thousands of social media users have reacted to recently restored and colorized versions of the original images.

Recently colorized images of a 14-year-old Polish girl at a Nazi death camp have sparked widespread interest after the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum shared them on social media.

The museum first shared the registration photos of Czeslawa Kwoka, which date from December 1942, on Twitter on March 12.

Brazilian artist Marina Amaral colorized the original black-and-white images that another Auschwitz prisoner, Wilhelm Brasse, had taken shortly after Kwoka arrived at the camp.

Read more:¬†Reconstructed Auschwitz prisoner text details ‘unimaginable’ suffering

Since then, the accompanying post has been shared more than 10,000 times and received over 250,000 media engagements.

“Thank you all for helping us to remember the past,” the museum said in a tweet responding to the social media reaction. “We need to learn about this tragic history of Auschwitz to create a better and safer future.”

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I used to be a photographer myself — I took photos with a Speed Graphic camera for the newspaper where I worked for a year. I had to take portraits of people who were in the news.

To me, this photo seems to be too contrived. Notice how her uniform jacket is pulled together. This is an adult jacket that is too big for her.

All of the in-coming prisoners had to have their hair cut short, as part of the effort to control lice. This was not explained in the newspaper article. This young girl was not being humiliated — the photographer was trying to make her look good.