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Powerful Portraits Of Auschwitz Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary Of Their Liberation
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Powerful Portraits Of Auschwitz Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary Of Their Liberation

With the approach of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet Red Army troops on January 27th, 1945, Reuters photographers got together to take portraits of Auschwitz survivors who are still alive today to tell the stories of their terrible ordeals and ensure that what happened during the Holocaust never be forgotten.

Located in Nazi-occupied Poland, the Auschwitz concentration camp is estimated to have killed 1.1 million people, most of whom were Jews. Of the 200,000 inmates that were freed in 1945, about 300 are alive today.

Many of the survivors in this photo series are Poles who were sent to Auschwitz during the Warsaw Uprising, but the Nazi government sent inmates to Auschwitz from all over Europe. Many chose to post with photos of the families they lost as well.

More info: reuters.org (h/t: dailymail)

Eva Fahidi, 90, holds a picture of her family, who were all killed in the concentration camp

Auschwitz death camp survivor Eva Fahidi, 90, holds a picture of her family, who were all killed in the concentration camp during World War Two, as she poses for a portrait in Budapest January 12, 2015. Fahidi was 18 in 1944 when she and her family were moved from Debrecen to Auschwitz-Birkenau.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

Jerzy Ulatowski, 83, was taken by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau when he was 13 years old

Jerzy Ulatowski, 83, was taken by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau when he was 13-years-old. In January 1945 he managed to escape with his family, as there was a lack of power in the barbed wire surrounding the camp.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Jadwiga Bogucka, 89, was sent to a death camp with her mother. She’s holding a picture of herself from 1944

During the Warsaw Uprising in August, 1944, when Bogucka was 19, she and her mother were sent from their house to a camp in Pruszkow and then moved on August 12, 1944 by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Jacek Nadolny, 77, holds up a wartime photo of his family

Jacek Nadolny was seven during the Warsaw Uprising, when he was sent with his family to Auschwitz-Birkenau by train.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Maria Stroinska, 82, holds a family photo taken before the war

Maria Stroinska was 12-years-old during the Warsaw Uprising when she and her sister were sent from their house to a camp in Pruszkow before she was moved alone by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Halina Brzozowska, 82,was taken from her home with her 6-year-old sister. She holds a picture of herself taken during the war

Halina Brzozowska was 12-years-old during the Warsaw Uprising when her family were sent to a camp in Pruszkow, she and her 6-year-old sister were then moved by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Brzozowska said that it was hard to say what had happened to them, that they were taken from their homes, family and lost their childhood.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Laszlo Bernath, 87,  holds up a picture of his family, who were all killed in the concentration camp

Laszlo Bernath credits his father being a practical man with his survival of Auschwitz. He was 15 when they were taken but his father told him to lie about his age so that they would not be separated. Even whilst in the camp, Bernath had no idea about the gas chambers.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

Danuta Bogdaniuk-Bogucka, 80, was 10 years old when she was sent to Auschwitz, where she was used for Josef Mengele’s experiments

Danuta Bogdaniuk-Bogucka was 10-years-old when she was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau camp with her mother. Bogdaniuk-Bogucka was part of Josef Mengele’s experiments when she was in Auschwitz.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Barbara Doniecka, 80, was 12 years old when she was sent to Auschwitz. She holds a wartime photo of herself

Barbara Doniecka was 12-years-old during the Warsaw Uprising when she was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau with her mother.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Elzbieta Sobczynska, 80, was sent to Auschwitz with her mother and brother when she was was 10 years old

During the Warsaw Uprising, when Elzbieta Sobczynska was 10-years-old, she was sent with her mother and brother from their home to a camp in Pruszkow and then moved by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau. There they were separated into blocks for woman, girls and boys.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Marian Majerowicz, 88, whose mother and younger brother were both killed in the gas chamber

Marian Majerowicz was 17 when he was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. At the camp he was briefly reunited with his father, who told him that his mother and younger brother were both killed in the gas chambers. Majerowicz’s father didn’t survive the war.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Erzsebet Brodt, 89,  holds a picture of her family, who were killed in the concentration camp

Erzsebet Brodt was 17-years-old when she was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau along with her family. Remembering the journey to the camp she said that those who were “sick or about to give birth were forced out and put into one wagon. When the wagon was opened in Auschwitz we saw that everyone was dead inside.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

Stefan Sot, 83, was 13 years old when he was sent from his home to a camp

Stefan Sot was 13-years-old during the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, when he was sent from his home to a camp in Pruszkow prior to being sent by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. He was later moved to a labour sub-camp, where he worked in a kitchen for S.S. officers.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Janina Reklajtis, 80, was 12 years old when she and her mother were sent to Auschwitz

Janina Reklajtis was 12-years-old during the Warsaw Uprising when she and her mother were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. They were sent to a labour camp in Berlin in January 1945 and were kept there until they were liberated.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Lajos Erdelyi, 87, holds a drawing made by a campmate

Lajos Erdelyi was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1944 and was later moved to another camp. When he was freed he weighed under 30kg, but tried to walk home. He collapsed, and was taken to a hospital by a farmer.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

Bogdan Bartnikowski, 82, was 12 years old when he and his mother were sent to Auschwitz

Bogdan Bartnikowski was 12-years-old during the Warsaw Uprising, when he and his mother were sent to Auschwitz Birkenau camp. They were moved between camps several times. After the war Bartnikowski worked as a pilot and then became a journalist and writer.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Janos Forgacs, 87, was in a group transported to a camp in a cattle wagon with sealed windows

Janos Forgacs, 87, holds a document as he poses for a portrait in Budapest January 12, 2015. Forgacs recalls that he was in a group transported to a camp in a cattle wagon, with the windows sealed with barbed wire. An military officer told them to hand over their belongings, telling them they would not need them anymore.” (Image credits: REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

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RMRo
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We must NEVER forget.

MichaelaKrahn
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yeah right! Always remember this. It's beautiful.

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HelenMagro
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let's make sure this never, never happens again.

Maria-EugeniaFalcon
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust, by Charles Patterson, Ph.D.,

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KarinaRosu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful photos, incredibly sad stories...

ElizabethElcock
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No-one should ever be allowed to forget. And those that say it never happened should see these photos and meet with these people.

RebeccaPeluso
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It saddens me greatly to think, and actually see, that human beings can and are treated in such an inhumane manner, and it still happens.

ArleneAbrams
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am Jewish............I see the antisemitism that has become evident of late. I cried watching this and I thank you for printing it.

DarylJackson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hitler was the worst man to ever have lived. He doesn't deserve to even be called a "man". He was the Devil, totally evil.

RenaMcLemore
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We have to make sure this never happens again! such brave & sad survivors. It is a horror that people think & say this never happened.

MajaVlaisavljevic
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

very emotional and stressful especially for those who lost someone in warfare..

TerriEggleston
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Horrific but we haven't learnt anything. Genocide is still going on right now all Around the world. There is so much hatred and intolerance

EllenEmpson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are the last of the any survivors from this atrocious event. flesh and blood is proof of their losses. Humanity must not forget.

MoppiMoopenheimer
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful photos, but missing more of their personal stories.

AmyMacClennan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such important history. Thank you for sharing this.

LindaPharis
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadism, horror. Dare we pretend it is not far from the surface even now?

MikaelRennerhorn
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will never ever forget them, this should never happen again.

PeterMeissner
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nearly 200,000 died during the time of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

AndreaBacman
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lamentablemente estas muy desinformado. Averigua, aprende, despues opina.

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DarcieStratton
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After all this time it is still painful. My Father fought and was wounded to help freedom and those who suffered. We can never forget!

GabriellaMichalec
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please, people -- this is happening right now to Christians all over the world!

MauricioGomez
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Whoever is comparing the animal to HUMAN, has the exact same mindset of what hitler was thinking. So wrong!

ChrisCarr
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The peope who deny the holocaust should be made to see these pictures and speak to these people

BernardMcGovern
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A moving tribute to a few of the survivors. Peace to those who suffered

ReneEllis
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"liberated by Soviet Army"...they just waited on the Vistula riverbank whilst Warsaw people raised against and fought the Nazis. Allies-NOT.

pooban89
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's really a terrible tragedy. But I never found who should be considered as responsible of it, Hitler et al., people of Germany,or others?

JoihnsonSmith
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are the faces of people condemned to death because they were considered sub-human. What do they look like to you?

NandaWitkamp
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Incredible story's and the pictures are wonderful and this must Never Forget!!!

MazzSturgeon
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never never forget - in this time NOW in the world I see it repeating !!! If the good do nothing!

HebaBabel
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So sad that death camps and war still exist now

BusLady
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One of the men displays his number tattoo. One lady, incredibly, wears her "striped pajamas". Who new they were anything but B/W? Many survivors never told their families, even their own spouses and children. They wanted to forget. I applaud these brave people, for doing this photoshoot. Many thanks to the photographer for posting this.

MortyMortmier
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thankfully sooner rather than later we'll be able to live life without having to repeatedly listen to the same story over and over and over again by the same people. Sometimes, in life [s]hit happens .... and to those it happened to I am truly sorry.... but bellyaching about it every other bloody day becomes monotonous having to listen .......It won't bring them back from the Camp ovens or pits filled with lime. Remember them as they were prior to Adolf and his cronies coming to call.

szuwar1906
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's happenin to christians now...In Iraq 170 000 christians have been killed by ISIS (decapitaded children, slaughtered mothers)

szuwar1906
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is happening now to christians...In Iraq 170 000 christians have been killed by isis (decapitated children, slaughtered mothers)

JoChrisco
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never be silent to those that preach hate.

BarbBraun
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These poor people survived hell on earth that I doubt they will ever fully recover from. May God bless them now.

AykutYazgan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

human beeing cant ve so cruel.. either he can.. or he's not human

DorotheaKorewha
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These photo's are incredible . The faces speak volumes and yet so very much is hidden also. What they went through!!! Respect Love.

RuthBarnerStockwell
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Make sure it won't happen again שלא יקרה שוב.

blackroselld
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i want to hug each one of these people

JoannaSlowinska
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why didn't you write Germans did this? Nazis did not come from the Moon. We owe the survivors at least the truth-naming their oppressors.

JoannaSlowinska
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And where did those Nazi people come from? The Moon? Why can't you write it was Germans who did it?

AnnaChiaraSardella
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that we must not forget this and ask ourselves why million people in the world still suffer and starve cause their religion...

MichaelaKrahn
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ew. did they/everyone else not learn anything?

JonLisle-Summers
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never happen again? It's happening right now somewhere in the world. What shall we do?

PeterCase
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Heartbroken. It was people like you and I who were sent there. It was people like you and I who administered the camps.

LilyPoulson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh My Goodness. This is Amazing!

AnniePebay
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My grand father was a war's prisoner in a camp. He has never evocated this period but I take it within since my birth like a heritage !

LisbethNilsson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can't believe that this has happened, but it happened in a horrible reality. And worse is that may be it is not over - May God help us!

GlynisLailann
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WWII Dress : http://www.chabad.org/theJewishWoman/article_cdo/aid/839778/jewish/The-Wedding-Dress-That-Made-History.htm

GillNijs
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadly the gas chambers have now been replaced by drones... So many innocent people killed in the MEast... doesn't look like we have learned

MarjorieFabian
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mother was of German heritage and claimed that "this never happened". I could never understand her reasoning. Never!

pooban89
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your mother says true. Holocaust is a tragedy in the literature only but not in the real world.

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MajaVlaisavljevic
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

also, after glancing the text below photos, how one lady could be 19 years old when sent in cc and now she's 90, other was 18 and now is 89?

CeliaLeaberryGould
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What's wrong with this? If you were 19 in 1944, you would now be 90 years old (71 yrs ago). And if you were 18, you would now be 89.

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MalgorzatkaKosciuk
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

... and please remember who did this. Germans!

GrzegorzFijałkowski
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

they did the Germans who built these camps in Poland and murdered people there mostly Poles Germany now write Polish death camps-criminals

RolexDenn
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't pity any of them, now they do the same on palastine people. So i don't feel sorry.

RinkDinkman
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are a brainwashed, low-info fool if you believe that.

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RMRo
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We must NEVER forget.

MichaelaKrahn
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yeah right! Always remember this. It's beautiful.

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HelenMagro
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let's make sure this never, never happens again.

Maria-EugeniaFalcon
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust, by Charles Patterson, Ph.D.,

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KarinaRosu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful photos, incredibly sad stories...

ElizabethElcock
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No-one should ever be allowed to forget. And those that say it never happened should see these photos and meet with these people.

RebeccaPeluso
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It saddens me greatly to think, and actually see, that human beings can and are treated in such an inhumane manner, and it still happens.

ArleneAbrams
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am Jewish............I see the antisemitism that has become evident of late. I cried watching this and I thank you for printing it.

DarylJackson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hitler was the worst man to ever have lived. He doesn't deserve to even be called a "man". He was the Devil, totally evil.

RenaMcLemore
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We have to make sure this never happens again! such brave & sad survivors. It is a horror that people think & say this never happened.

MajaVlaisavljevic
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

very emotional and stressful especially for those who lost someone in warfare..

TerriEggleston
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Horrific but we haven't learnt anything. Genocide is still going on right now all Around the world. There is so much hatred and intolerance

EllenEmpson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are the last of the any survivors from this atrocious event. flesh and blood is proof of their losses. Humanity must not forget.

MoppiMoopenheimer
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful photos, but missing more of their personal stories.

AmyMacClennan
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such important history. Thank you for sharing this.

LindaPharis
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadism, horror. Dare we pretend it is not far from the surface even now?

MikaelRennerhorn
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will never ever forget them, this should never happen again.

PeterMeissner
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nearly 200,000 died during the time of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.