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My 10 Colourised Photos Show The True Horror Of The Holocaust
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My 10 Colourised Photos Show The True Horror Of The Holocaust

“Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky” – Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor.

This week the world held Holocaust Memorial Day, marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviets. And to mark this anniversary, I have colorized a selection of historical photos taken throughout the first few months of 1945, as the rest of the world became fully aware of the horrors of the Nazi holocaust.

This was the most harrowing photo restoration project I have ever worked on. I usually enjoy colorizing photos as the process brings the subjects to life gradually, which is a satisfying experience. Still, with this project, it was upsetting as the colorized photos are so shocking.

These old photos serve as a stark reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. I had to give myself time to do something else and try to switch off while working on these black and white photos as they made me angry. I felt sicker as the pictures came to life, but I feel it was an important thing to do, to remind people – especially younger generations, that this is historical fact and that it’s not that far back in past.

It is so important, especially as the years go on, that we do more to bring the past to life, and keep images like these relevant and shocking, so this never happens again.

The photo editing and colorizing process was also different as these people were close to death by the time of their liberation, so painting skin tones was utterly different. In color, you can see the bones and the pale, bloodless skin, and even young men look older with greying hair and dark patches around their eyes.

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The horror of the Holocaust in colour

Children at Auschwitz

Children at Auschwitz, in a still from the Soviet film of the liberation of Auschwitz, January 1945.

Starved men at Ebensee

This photo shows starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, posing in a concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria.

Ebensee was a sub-camp of the main camp ‘Mauthausen’ near the town of the same name. The camp was reputedly used for “scientific” experiments. It was liberated by the 80th Division of the U.S. Army.

Istvan Reiner

Istvan Reiner, aged 4, smiles for a studio portrait, shortly before being murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp.

Men at Lager Nordhausen

Two staring, emaciated men, liberated inmates of Lager Nordhausen, a Gestapo concentration camp. The camp had from 3,000 to 4,000 inmates. All were maltreated, beaten and starved.

An 18-year-old girl

An 18-year-old Russian girl during the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in 1945. Dachau was the first German concentration camp, opened in 1933.

More than 200,000 people were detained between 1933 and 1945, and 31,591 deaths were declared, most from disease, malnutrition, and suicide. Unlike Auschwitz, Dachau was not explicitly an extermination camp, but conditions were so horrific that hundreds died every week.

A living skeleton

This man looks like a living skeleton, one of the many prisoners of the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria.

Burning Bergen-Belsen

My Great Grandfather Charles Martin King Parsons took this photo as he was a chaplain with the British Army and he entered Bergen-Belsen prison camp in April 1945.

The camp was rife with typhus, and once the large wooden huts had been cleared of the surviving prisoners, they were burnt to the ground in May 1945.

Taken by C.M.K. Parsons

Like many people affected by the horrors they saw during the war, my Great Grandfather never really spoke about his experiences at Bergen-Belsen and these photos show why.

He also took a series of photos including the mass graves around Belsen which I did not want to colourise as it didn’t feel like the right thing to do. These photos can be seen here.

Woman at Bergen-Belsen

One of the victims at Bergen-Belsen was this young woman, her face still bearing the scars of a terrible beating by the SS guards.

Holocaust survivor

It is hard to find any hope when viewing the horrors of these photos, but I wanted to include this one, as there were survivors of the Holocaust, many of whom are still alive today.

This photo shows a young Jewish refugee, rescued from a concentration camp, resting up in a hospital bed in Malmö, southern Sweden in 1945.

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

and still many morons thinks this is not true

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

And even more succumb to conspiracy theories which root in antisemitism. And even more like to blame others for the misery in their life, thereby sending hatred to the world. You always hear "this cannot happen again". I am doubtful if mankind has learned its lesson.

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That one marvel fan
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2 years ago

I know lots of people are going to disagree we me on this but people should know about the holocaust because it actually happened and lot of people died and even more were affected by it.

Andres Tejeda
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2 years ago

I agree, because if we do not learn from our history, we are doomed to repeat it.

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Eagle Girl
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2 years ago (edited)

I can't imagine the tears you shed creating these photos. God Bless your heart and soul xoxo

Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you, it was not an easy one but I'm really pleased with the response which has made it worthwhile.

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Terd Fergison
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2 years ago

I can't believe how many people there are now that deny the holocaust. Conspiracy theories have infected the brains of humanity. Racism still pervades and flourishes under right wing leaders. We all need to collectively say, "never again"! Not one more genocide. We need to embrace the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and those like him. Humanity will only survive through unity, compassion, and helping each other.

Tiny Dynamine
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2 years ago

They deny it but of the guilt that they feel deep inside for being utterly disgusting people. They have to deflect it by pretending it didn't happen, even though there's a wealth of photo and video evidence.

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Elizabeth Schuyler
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2 years ago

I did an in depth project on the Holocaust in 7th grade - I spent a few nights crying because it was just so horrid.

Anna Repp
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2 years ago

I understand! I never could make myself go to the holocaust museum that's nearby (I live in Skokie, IL, the village with the greatest number of Holocaust survivors in the US) - because it is just so painful and horrible and heart-wrenching.

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A Water Bottle
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2 years ago (edited)

Never forget

Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you for keeping alive the memory of this dark episode in human history. Especially in today's times this is more important than ever. People are currently well on the way to having history repeated. And I fear that this prognosis will be fulfilled sometime, if not enough people fight against it and remember what happened back then. People tend to forget. There are not many people today who can remember the horrors of the Second World War, and the fewer they become, the greater the chance that all this will be repeated. These images stab me in the heart. It is cruel to see this, and it is cruel to realize that today, more than ever before after the Second World War, people are again excluding and blaming others because of their faith, their skin color or their origin. Nip it in the bud! Nip it in the bud!

Firework
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2 years ago (edited)

I agree with your comment a lot, but I just want to say that it's not just faith, skin colour, and origin. There's also a lot of discrimination against LGBTG+ people and disabled people. I'm not hating, I just want to point that out so you can edit it and other people won't hate.

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Jim Kang
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2 years ago

My wife's father and his family fled nazi Germany in the '30's. I can only imagine the horrors they escaped.

Naomi Wayker
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2 years ago

This was a very painful time in the history. And it needs to be remembered.This was a very painful time in the history. And it needs to be remembered and for the people who think that it didn't happen well maybe looked up and you'll see how horrific this time.Was and how people suffered. than u to the artist who did this let this memory be continued.!

eSayJay
Community Member
2 years ago

There are many other events of nearly the magnitude of vicious, violent killing of other people, not on the scale of the Holocaust but tragic just the same. Pick a century I'll name an even of near the pain and depth of the Holocaust.

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Mama Panda
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2 years ago

This series was moving. The photographs from that era, while horrific on their own, are hard to accept as being a true event. Adding color has brought it back to the forefront and gives the event a modernized feel to it. I would have liked to have seen a comparison between the black/white and the color compositions to show the true nature of our history. To those who perished, have since passed and will pass...may they all rest in peace

NWB
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2 years ago

I find they even more upsetting in colour...it seems to bring them so much closer to my time in life.

James
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2 years ago

I appreciate all above who point out the need to let the our outrage about the evils of the past stir our passion for rooting out injustices and cruelties in the present— yes globally but also domestically. Always clean up your own house first before pointing fingers at others.

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Jos Tiguidou
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2 years ago

One of the craziest things I read about history is that the majority of the world didn't really care that the Jews were being killed. As a matter of fact, quite a few (not just the Nazis) were totally cool with it. If Japan had never bombed Pearl Harbor, I wonder what would have gotten the US involved! Additionally, there was a max exodus of them right before it all began and surprise surprise, no one wanted to take them in. Guess the more things change, the more things stay the same...food for thought: https://time.com/5327279/ushmm-americans-and-the-holocaust/

Lauren Caswell
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2 years ago

Yes, I've always wondered about what would have happened if the Americans hadn't joined in. Also, if Neville Chamberlain had had a backbone and prepared the country for ww2 rather than pretending Hitler would be diplomatic and listen, it left the allies at a real resource disadvantage when war was finally declared

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T.M.P Janssen
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2 years ago

I see those photos and know that there are so many people saying this never happened. It's disgusting to know that these people exist. How can anybody say this never happened?

Leo Domitrix
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2 years ago

Anyone who needs to see colorized pix of the Holocaust to "feel" it was true? Probably needs more than colorized pix to believe such evil occurs. And, yes, I said *occurs*. Genocide didn't stop in 1945. ANyone who thinks it stopped with the fall of the Nazis hasn't paid attention to the world news.

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2 years ago

Hi Leo, the wording for the title wasn't my choice unfortunately and I agree with you. It had been my intention for the photos to be a reminder of what happened as sadly people do forget and have forgotten around the world. Tom

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Minnie-me
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2 years ago

very moving and respectful to those we have lost and who have survived this unspeakable situation.

Khairul Syazwan
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2 years ago

and now we have the Uighur who faces basically the same thing, if not worse.

Falcon
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2 years ago

Probably worse according to the pictures and stories of torture that have come out.

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ShireenAin'tWoke
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2 years ago

There are no words to describe the horrors of the holocaust - I've watched so many documentaries, seen so many photos are read so many articles much about it and it is still incomprehensible.

ShireenAin'tWoke
Community Member
2 years ago

Also the fact that the holocaust was able to be setup and continue for so long without any government getting involved for so long; Even after spies going into the camps and telling governments what was going on - it is astounding.

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Lou Lopez
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2 years ago

I was fortunate enough to visit Ann Frank's house, the Museum of Tolerance in LA, and be welcomed into the homes and synagogues of many Jewish people. I cannot and WILL NOT allow or tolerate anyone who denies or minimizes the Shoah. We are seeing facism, "detainment camps," anti-semitism and xenophobic jingoism beginning to creep across the nation and our world. At the end of the day, it won't matter what you "believed," or what political party you support, all that matters is what you allowed to be done in your name. History will not judge you kindly just because you blindly followed a corrupt and venal politician with his own propaganda machine.

Lou Lopez
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2 years ago

In case it isn't obvious, I mean Trump. If you support him or his policies you're a dumpsterfire of a person. You might be really nice, but when you look away, or justify his detention camps you forfeit your ability to be called a "good" person. Don't @me, because I don't talk to trash, only the mentally ill do that.

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Lady Olay-o
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2 years ago

The Nazis also sent Catholics to the camps.

Kim Lee
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2 years ago

All religion was outlawed in the Reicht, as they felt 'false gods' got in the way of Aryan values.

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Lesa Noakes
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2 years ago

My grandpa was in the Army unit that liberated Dakau. He didn't speak a lot about it but what he did say sounded horrible. It scarred him for his life of what he saw when he arrived there. He and a buddy wrote a memoir, though I don't think it was very published. It contained pictures that he took. They are hard to look at. Thank you for getting the courage to do what you did. I know that it must have been very difficult but was needed. Everyone must remember what happened and know that it did in fact happen so that we never allow this to happen again.

Katrina B.
Community Member
2 years ago

"a Gestapo concentration camp." Not the correct terminology. It was a concentration camp, nothing else. The Gestapo had nothing to do with it. They were a different arm of Hitler's government

Community Member
2 years ago

Thanks Katrina, apologies the caption was copied from the original photo caption in the USHMM collection.

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eSayJay
Community Member
2 years ago

Please forward thes on, share them. Continue to keep the memory alive. Thank you to the person that mentioned the Uighur pogram, mass incarceration and brain washing effort by the Chinese Government. There have been many more since the Jewish Holocaust, the Rawanda Genocide, in North Korea over 200,000 are in gulags. In Indonesia and India Christians are being attacked and murdered for their faith. The same in India, and Pakistan. In Iran you can go to,prison for years for leaving the Muslim religion for the Christian Faith. Christians in the Middle East have been decimated by ISIS, Al Queda and the Turkish Army. Egypt is majorly guilty of burning churches and imprisoning Christians for believing the wrong way. Boko Harem in Nigeria has kidnapped, bombed, beaten and imprisoned Christians and people of other faiths. Venezuela, and Cuba have touted the Marxist dogma, jailing beating and denying right to Christians of many denominations.

Iris
Community Member
2 years ago

As always, I can't see pictures like this without crying. 😔😔

Flavia Slag
Community Member
2 years ago

Never forget. Vote wisely.

Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

Not a fan of the recent trend towards more extreme governments on both sides, eh?

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SureShank
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2 years ago

What do modern day Germans say to all this?

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

A lot. A vast number of the Jews that were killed WERE Germans. Holocaust denial is illegal in Germany. Many Germans are passionate about human rights and German schools educate pupils about the dangers of fear and prejudice. But there is a rising undercurrent of racism creeping back into Germany. In the mainstream however, racism of the far right is vilified. Just last week a politician who won a seat because he received support from a far right party resigned because people would not tolerate it. Even Angela Merkelmade public comments that Germany could not tolerate it.

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Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
2 years ago

This cannot happen again, ?????? okay lets tone it down a bit to no gas chambers but torture, murder, outright slaughter of women and children and then shooting deaths of hundreds of men. You think it does not happen ? will not happen? then look again. Indonesia has been doing this for a long time in ( west)Papua New Guinea and no one NO ONE!!! has tried to stop it not the UN ( Useless but they know) Not the Australian Government who sends Aid to Indonesia not another country is interested! WHY? NO ONE WANTS TO UPSET INDONESIA!!!!! For my way of thinking the old phrase "this cannot or will not happen again" is just a cover for all that these ignorant murdering bastards do. People actually believe that phrase .

Dark Half
Community Member
2 years ago

disturbing . . . but very eye opening.

Meg Węglarz
Community Member
2 years ago

We shall never forget what is holocaust and how did it star.. The biggest camp organized by nasists was placed in Poland, called Auschwitz Birkenau. In this german concentration camp 6 milions of People were killed during the 2nd World war.. 6milions of People. Not only jewish... We shall never forget!

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually not accurate. There were six million Jews alone but a much greater number than that of other people, including gay people, “gypsies”, Russians, the disabled, and many more.

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Porto DaMartinica
Community Member
2 years ago

More Bergen-Belsen in flames, i beg you OP

Colleen Hindson
Community Member
1 year ago

Holocaust deniers are part of why the world is such a shitty place. They are of the mentality that created the holocaust in the first place. Thank you for these pictures. The world must never forget.

Deborah Isner
Community Member
1 year ago

I stumbled upon your site and am so appreciative that I did. I am in awe of your Great Grandfather. His pictures show the true horrors of WWII. Thank you for sharing them.

miten sasmita
Community Member
2 years ago

And the worse part is that not only nazis did those atrocities. Japan army were said to do even more horrible things in their prison camps on china and south korea. Google "maruta ww2", they were innocent people, even toddlers, used as experiment subjects by the japan army. But the world has changed. I am so glad we have international laws about war crimes. Yet we still have to acknowledge that such horrible things happened in the past, so that it wouldn't happen again.

Ottmar Straub
Community Member
2 years ago

Difficult topic

Jacey Lynn
Community Member
2 years ago

These poor kids and people! Stand strong guys! I wanted to cry

Tobie Botha
Community Member
2 years ago

I wish schools right across the world will make history compulsory so all students can witness this kind of barbarism.

Rachael K
Community Member
2 years ago

:( the lil 4 yr old boy smiling before his death broke my heart :( and many more suffered the same fate .. everyone who was a victim was innocent esp women and children no need for any of the deaths :( all bc they werent german >:(

Sophie Sof
Community Member
2 years ago

Could you remove adds from this article, I think it’s kind of disrespectful really.

Gillbella
Community Member
2 years ago

May this mothers love, and tears, lift the souls of the little children to wherever they find peace....they are not my son, but they are all sons and daughters of my heart.

Janine B.
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

All of these horrible acts become even more disgusting if you know the Nazis already knew in the beginning of 1942 they wouldn't win the war. So they made plans to kill as many people as possible during the time left. But concentration camps were not even a German "invention". They existed in many countries before and after. Stalin had 18 million people imprisoned in labor camps known as Gulag. Four million people died during that time from hunger, diseases, the cold weather, hard work, torture or murder. Mankind is sometimes just sickening.

deanna woods
Community Member
2 years ago

Things like this have to be stopped from happening. We have to treat all people with dignity and respect. Whether you're religious or not, we all come from the same God and need to love one another. We have to stop allowing people to poison our minds with hateful opinions and thoughts. To everyone who reads this:WE HAVE TO STOP THE HATE!

Sterrinatu
Community Member
2 years ago

Tom, I think you did a wonderful job and thank you for sharing your work! Also, you have handled the negative comments on here so eloquently and professionally.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Such heartbreak. Thank you for trying to put a sense of reality to these images. May their memories continue to be a blessing.

Lee Bryant
Community Member
11 months ago

My Grandfather was one of the army personnel shipped over for the evacuation and clean up of the Bergen-Belsen camps . He too never spoke about it to us but we have a newspaper cutting of him receiving medals many years after the event for the work he did during those horrific times. When will humanity rise above the ego driven desire for destruction and cruelty to our fellow sacred life entity brothers the world over. We must evolve our consciousness to eradicate the demons that posses a soul to commit such atrocious unspeakable acts of horror. For those that can are not human and are dispossessed of humanities heart and soul and the sacred essence of divine love.

Nadia Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

I cry everytime i look at these pictures. The way that these innocent people were treated is disgusting and no one should ever have to got hrough what these people did. Some may call them weak but i think all slavery and holocaust victims are stronger than we know.

Charity Abbott
Community Member
1 year ago

You sir are a beautiful soul for these photographs ❤️

Linda Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

I tell this for a point of perspective and reference. My father was on Iwo Jima at age 17 for 23 days. We, his family, also suffered from what he saw and did since it affected him so much. I cannot imagine how those who survived and their progeny have not suffered for generations and generations. Our fellow Jewish citizens of all ages deserve our empathy, and need to know that we will do our best to never let this happen again. Nevertheless, over 70 million people voted for tRUMP who called the Nazis at Charlottesville good people.

ALVARO GOMEZ MEJIA
Community Member
1 year ago

Enslaving, gassing and starving millions of "racial enemies" is, like all genocide, unjustifiable. But worse than what the Nazis did is the current abortion genocide, which kills in just one year, more innocent than the Nazis in their death camps between 1933 and 1945. Killing 6 or much more million "racial enemies" is execrable, but even more execrable is that millions of denatured mothers (instead of giving their children up for adoption), authorize doctors (traitors to Hippocratic oath to defend life) to dismember their unborn child that they carry in their own womb, all of this promoted and many times paid for by genocidal governments that are obliged, by Constitutions and laws, to defend the lives of their nationals, especially when they are totally innocent and unprotected, as are unborn humans. The contemporary world criticizes, with good reason, the Nazis, but it is much worse.

Joyce Marshmallow
Community Member
2 years ago

Your work is beautiful! Thank you for bringing these photos to life since so much was taken away from these poor souls! You've at least given these events some colour in order to show the world that these things existed and we must never forget.

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

I feel this has more to do with a business promotion than with the horrors of the Holocaust. I think if someone wants to advertise their company or their commercial skills, it would be better not to use victims of Shoah to do so. Respectfully, as one who is missing 3/4 of an entire family because of the Holocaust.

Fulsome Kitten
Community Member
2 years ago

Additional info: let's not forget that in addition to camps (which killed Jewish, Polish, Russian people etc.), those mf-ers also instigated uprisings in Baltic countries encouraging the locals to murder their Jewish neighbors to cut down on the cost to the Nazi's. Tens of thousands of people at a time! And the gas-vans that would drive around to communities, round up the disabled/handicapped and murder them on the spot. We can never forget that evil exists and that when evil comes to power the consequences for humanity can be devastating. Thank you OP! You have my humble respect!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Did you ever wondered why is human race so evil??? There's a simple,straightforward answer to that question.

Marnie
Community Member
2 years ago

What strikes me, on a side note, is that I've never heard a single thing about the prisoners turning against one another. Yet, so many movies, stories, and news forcasts talk about how immediately in a crisis situation, that people will start stealing from one another, murdering one another, etc. Did the prisoners turn on each other? I've never heard that. They all starved together.

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
1 year ago

I think lots of them did. Steal from starvation, there are those who killed to survive or even ate dead people to survive. I've read lots of real stories books from WWII and the reality there was absolutely unimaginable.

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Isog Sargent
Community Member
2 years ago

We've learned nothing.

Erin Haley
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you for this valuable work. Every image was very moving but I especially appreciated the tie to your great-grandfather and the way you saved that last image for the end.

Maper Sam
Community Member
2 years ago

horrific!

James
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you for calling attention to the past and helping us see that “the past is present.” Why is it so much harder to recognize the pain and injustice of our own time? It is like a parent who refuses to believe their child is being abused. Acknowledging the reality seems too painful to bear. Acknowledging reality means seeing our complicity. Acknowledging the reality means recognizing the necessity of taking sacrificial action. I am thankful for those willing to call out modern injustices and even more for those willing to take action to end it.

Irene Walton
Community Member
2 years ago

so hard to look at, makes even worse when in colour for some reason

Dichele Schartel
Community Member
2 years ago

How sad.

Peggy Wallingford Butherus
Community Member
2 years ago

People look at these in horror and ask themselves how can any human being treat another human being like this, then I think of Donald Trump taking illegals children and placing them in cage. Where is our outrage? Are we any better than the Nazis that cage these human beings?

Carol Roeder
Community Member
2 years ago

Those pictures are so disturbing because they are real. To this day we ask ourselves how anyone could do this to another human. Someone not unlike ourselves. Only God can have mercy on their souls because they will get none hereon earth.

Kerry Ericksson
Community Member
2 years ago

I always reference back to that time as being the worst in comparison to any evil nowadays

Anna Repp
Community Member
2 years ago

I feel bad for the Russian girl, because a lot of USSR citizens freed in camps only faced cams and forced labor in their own country afterwards. Because, you know, good guys don't get captured, so you must be a collaborator... My great grandfather died in the battle of Kursk, was listed a MIA for many years. My great-grandmother was left raising her five children alone without any government pension or support because, well, he's MIA, we don't know what happened to him - maybe he's a traitor? Sickening!

ptm45
Community Member
2 years ago

Let us NOT let it happen ever again.

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
2 years ago

I especially feel bad for the boy who smiled and was oblivious to the whole thing thinking he was having a nice, cute picture taken of him. I almost cried thinking about the people who were murdered about beliefs. Would you kill someone for believing Santa Claus? No, that's what I thought and yes I know the question of God is different but that doesnt matter. Many people with disabilities and mental illnesses were deemed not 'perfect' but the people who thought that probably had a mental illness of their own...

Cory Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

And this continues to happen today, and humanity is reacting pretty much the same as they did with Germany: not caring. For God's sake, we need to pay attention and demand action! #myanmargenocide #isilgenocide

Lululoohoo
Community Member
2 years ago

its hard not to tear up just imagining the horrors these people suffered behind these photos.

Lex Ellyss
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think these photos needed colour to show the true horror. And the photos that OP didn't feel right in colourizing probably would have made a bigger impact - those kinds of photos show the true horror. But nice work and I'm never unhappy to see those who were lost and those who survived remembered and honoured by that memory.

TC
Community Member
2 years ago

All photos reflect horror. The photo of Itsvan Reiner though -the four year kid- is strongly harsh since it reflects in just one snap the horror and pure innocence of human kind...

EeveeCatStudios YT
Community Member
2 years ago

Truly shows the worse side of humanity

Tobie Botha
Community Member
2 years ago

May nobody ever get away with this kind of barbarism - I wish everyone in the world can see these sad pictures. History builds character because it shows the wrongs of the past. Every student in the world should be able to see this.

deanna woods
Community Member
2 years ago

I have commented before, but feel I must do it again. To all of you who feel that every article is an opportunity to talk about your political opinions let me say this: Millions of innocent people lost their lives in the Holocaust and I don't think that they would appreciate photos of their last days being used to argue about politics. You can believe whatever you want about politics, however there is no need to be so hateful and negative in the comment section. We all think differently about things and that is okay. Spouting hate and insults is not the same as stating your opinion. One human to several million others, can we please stop the hate and insults and just try to get along?

Joanna Polaczyk
Community Member
2 years ago

Oooooh my God...

St. John
Community Member
2 years ago

And then there's Stalins mass murders and concentration camps. And Golodomor...

Bani Daniell
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2 years ago

I don't really understand why these needed to be colorized, I think they are more powerful in black and white.

April Simnel
Community Member
2 years ago

Istvan Reiner's eyes are NOT smiling. He is terrified.

Ojberretta Berretta
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2 years ago

wow so many commenters in boredpanda think a man who has jewish family and supports the state of israel is a nazi and then you wonder why ppl say many folks are brainwashed cant make this shit up

slap and tickle
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2 years ago

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What a load of drivel!

Lillukka79
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2 years ago

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They really don't show the horror. The original b&w do. These look way too healthy, especially the rosie cheeked kids are macabre.

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Ojberretta Berretta
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2 years ago

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ppl here sayin trump is a nazi you guys are insane hes is pro jewish he has jewish family he is pro israel hes wife is slavic wich by the nazis were seen as untermenschen aka as not real humans thats why hitler killed 2million catholic poles and millions of ukrainians mexico deports its illegals nobody calls their president a nazi but here you guys are calling a man who supports israel a nazi you guys are brainwashed and lost your minds

Ivy Lyster
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2 years ago

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hey you know hitler was jewish, right?

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Full Name
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Today people call everyone they slightly disagree with a Nazi. Trump's a Nazi. Hillary's a Nazi. The paperboy's a Nazi. I want to grab the back of their heads and slam it into these photos. THIS is what the Nazis did, you assholes. It's UNBELIEVABLY disrespectful to these victims of actual atrocities to compare everybody to Nazis. Stop it. I double dog dare you to walk up to one of the surviving victims and tell them to their face that anybody in power today in the west has anything at all related to this.

Tiny Dynamine
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2 years ago

There are still people who agree with Nazi principles today, Trump being one of them. There's nothing wrong with calling them out on it. If they are racist and want foreigners to die just for being foreign, that's something to deplore.

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Pittsburgh rare
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I think the intention was noble, but the result strikes as...a bit frivolous to me.

Bill
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2 years ago

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Thank the British for the idea of concentration camps. Borher Wars

Grace Barclay
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2 years ago

Freed slaves in the South after the civil war were kept in concentration camps. Please go back and read your history.

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Aunt Messy
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You made these people look like cheap cartoons. This isn't "art", it's disrespectful. It's ugly and childish. Just because you think you can do something doesn't mean you should.

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2 years ago (edited)

Thanks for your feedback. I hadn't stated these photos were art (I had put the piece in 'history' myself) and had no intention to offend but to highlight something that is sadly being forgotten as the survivors pass away each year. I appreciate not everybody likes colourised photos but disrespecting the subjects was far from my intention, Tom.

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Erika Leon
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For me it's important to never forget and be aware of those that want to repeat these horrors. That's why I could never ever vote for leftist, socialist, communists or democRATS.

Stefanie Patterson
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2 years ago

Quite honestly, modern leftists, socialists, communists and democrats share none of the same ideologies as the nazi regime. Democrats and communists are polar opposites. Every modern country has socialism and the ones with the highest quality of life has more socialist policies (universal health care, guaranteed paid vacation, maternity/paternity leave, livable wages, emergency services, etc). If you want to get into sharing ideologies with the nazi regime and American political parties, the only similarities I can see is racism, nationalism, intolerance, and demonizing a minority. Those ideas tend to come from the right... We can all benefit from taking a look at our own values and concerns and critically comparing it to the people we vote to represent us in government. Get away from a team, us vs them, competitive mentality.

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

and still many morons thinks this is not true

Hans
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2 years ago

And even more succumb to conspiracy theories which root in antisemitism. And even more like to blame others for the misery in their life, thereby sending hatred to the world. You always hear "this cannot happen again". I am doubtful if mankind has learned its lesson.

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That one marvel fan
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2 years ago

I know lots of people are going to disagree we me on this but people should know about the holocaust because it actually happened and lot of people died and even more were affected by it.

Andres Tejeda
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2 years ago

I agree, because if we do not learn from our history, we are doomed to repeat it.

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Eagle Girl
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2 years ago (edited)

I can't imagine the tears you shed creating these photos. God Bless your heart and soul xoxo

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2 years ago

Thank you, it was not an easy one but I'm really pleased with the response which has made it worthwhile.

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Terd Fergison
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2 years ago

I can't believe how many people there are now that deny the holocaust. Conspiracy theories have infected the brains of humanity. Racism still pervades and flourishes under right wing leaders. We all need to collectively say, "never again"! Not one more genocide. We need to embrace the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and those like him. Humanity will only survive through unity, compassion, and helping each other.

Tiny Dynamine
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2 years ago

They deny it but of the guilt that they feel deep inside for being utterly disgusting people. They have to deflect it by pretending it didn't happen, even though there's a wealth of photo and video evidence.

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Elizabeth Schuyler
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2 years ago

I did an in depth project on the Holocaust in 7th grade - I spent a few nights crying because it was just so horrid.

Anna Repp
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2 years ago

I understand! I never could make myself go to the holocaust museum that's nearby (I live in Skokie, IL, the village with the greatest number of Holocaust survivors in the US) - because it is just so painful and horrible and heart-wrenching.

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A Water Bottle
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2 years ago (edited)

Never forget

Marc
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2 years ago

Thank you for keeping alive the memory of this dark episode in human history. Especially in today's times this is more important than ever. People are currently well on the way to having history repeated. And I fear that this prognosis will be fulfilled sometime, if not enough people fight against it and remember what happened back then. People tend to forget. There are not many people today who can remember the horrors of the Second World War, and the fewer they become, the greater the chance that all this will be repeated. These images stab me in the heart. It is cruel to see this, and it is cruel to realize that today, more than ever before after the Second World War, people are again excluding and blaming others because of their faith, their skin color or their origin. Nip it in the bud! Nip it in the bud!

Firework
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2 years ago (edited)

I agree with your comment a lot, but I just want to say that it's not just faith, skin colour, and origin. There's also a lot of discrimination against LGBTG+ people and disabled people. I'm not hating, I just want to point that out so you can edit it and other people won't hate.

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Jim Kang
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2 years ago

My wife's father and his family fled nazi Germany in the '30's. I can only imagine the horrors they escaped.

Naomi Wayker
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2 years ago

This was a very painful time in the history. And it needs to be remembered.This was a very painful time in the history. And it needs to be remembered and for the people who think that it didn't happen well maybe looked up and you'll see how horrific this time.Was and how people suffered. than u to the artist who did this let this memory be continued.!

eSayJay
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2 years ago

There are many other events of nearly the magnitude of vicious, violent killing of other people, not on the scale of the Holocaust but tragic just the same. Pick a century I'll name an even of near the pain and depth of the Holocaust.

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Mama Panda
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2 years ago

This series was moving. The photographs from that era, while horrific on their own, are hard to accept as being a true event. Adding color has brought it back to the forefront and gives the event a modernized feel to it. I would have liked to have seen a comparison between the black/white and the color compositions to show the true nature of our history. To those who perished, have since passed and will pass...may they all rest in peace

NWB
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2 years ago

I find they even more upsetting in colour...it seems to bring them so much closer to my time in life.

James
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2 years ago

I appreciate all above who point out the need to let the our outrage about the evils of the past stir our passion for rooting out injustices and cruelties in the present— yes globally but also domestically. Always clean up your own house first before pointing fingers at others.

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Jos Tiguidou
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2 years ago

One of the craziest things I read about history is that the majority of the world didn't really care that the Jews were being killed. As a matter of fact, quite a few (not just the Nazis) were totally cool with it. If Japan had never bombed Pearl Harbor, I wonder what would have gotten the US involved! Additionally, there was a max exodus of them right before it all began and surprise surprise, no one wanted to take them in. Guess the more things change, the more things stay the same...food for thought: https://time.com/5327279/ushmm-americans-and-the-holocaust/

Lauren Caswell
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2 years ago

Yes, I've always wondered about what would have happened if the Americans hadn't joined in. Also, if Neville Chamberlain had had a backbone and prepared the country for ww2 rather than pretending Hitler would be diplomatic and listen, it left the allies at a real resource disadvantage when war was finally declared

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T.M.P Janssen
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2 years ago

I see those photos and know that there are so many people saying this never happened. It's disgusting to know that these people exist. How can anybody say this never happened?

Leo Domitrix
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2 years ago

Anyone who needs to see colorized pix of the Holocaust to "feel" it was true? Probably needs more than colorized pix to believe such evil occurs. And, yes, I said *occurs*. Genocide didn't stop in 1945. ANyone who thinks it stopped with the fall of the Nazis hasn't paid attention to the world news.

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2 years ago

Hi Leo, the wording for the title wasn't my choice unfortunately and I agree with you. It had been my intention for the photos to be a reminder of what happened as sadly people do forget and have forgotten around the world. Tom

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Minnie-me
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2 years ago

very moving and respectful to those we have lost and who have survived this unspeakable situation.

Khairul Syazwan
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2 years ago

and now we have the Uighur who faces basically the same thing, if not worse.

Falcon
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2 years ago

Probably worse according to the pictures and stories of torture that have come out.

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ShireenAin'tWoke
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2 years ago

There are no words to describe the horrors of the holocaust - I've watched so many documentaries, seen so many photos are read so many articles much about it and it is still incomprehensible.

ShireenAin'tWoke
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2 years ago

Also the fact that the holocaust was able to be setup and continue for so long without any government getting involved for so long; Even after spies going into the camps and telling governments what was going on - it is astounding.

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Lou Lopez
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2 years ago

I was fortunate enough to visit Ann Frank's house, the Museum of Tolerance in LA, and be welcomed into the homes and synagogues of many Jewish people. I cannot and WILL NOT allow or tolerate anyone who denies or minimizes the Shoah. We are seeing facism, "detainment camps," anti-semitism and xenophobic jingoism beginning to creep across the nation and our world. At the end of the day, it won't matter what you "believed," or what political party you support, all that matters is what you allowed to be done in your name. History will not judge you kindly just because you blindly followed a corrupt and venal politician with his own propaganda machine.

Lou Lopez
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2 years ago

In case it isn't obvious, I mean Trump. If you support him or his policies you're a dumpsterfire of a person. You might be really nice, but when you look away, or justify his detention camps you forfeit your ability to be called a "good" person. Don't @me, because I don't talk to trash, only the mentally ill do that.

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Lady Olay-o
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2 years ago

The Nazis also sent Catholics to the camps.

Kim Lee
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2 years ago

All religion was outlawed in the Reicht, as they felt 'false gods' got in the way of Aryan values.

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Lesa Noakes
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2 years ago

My grandpa was in the Army unit that liberated Dakau. He didn't speak a lot about it but what he did say sounded horrible. It scarred him for his life of what he saw when he arrived there. He and a buddy wrote a memoir, though I don't think it was very published. It contained pictures that he took. They are hard to look at. Thank you for getting the courage to do what you did. I know that it must have been very difficult but was needed. Everyone must remember what happened and know that it did in fact happen so that we never allow this to happen again.

Katrina B.
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2 years ago

"a Gestapo concentration camp." Not the correct terminology. It was a concentration camp, nothing else. The Gestapo had nothing to do with it. They were a different arm of Hitler's government

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2 years ago

Thanks Katrina, apologies the caption was copied from the original photo caption in the USHMM collection.

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eSayJay
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2 years ago

Please forward thes on, share them. Continue to keep the memory alive. Thank you to the person that mentioned the Uighur pogram, mass incarceration and brain washing effort by the Chinese Government. There have been many more since the Jewish Holocaust, the Rawanda Genocide, in North Korea over 200,000 are in gulags. In Indonesia and India Christians are being attacked and murdered for their faith. The same in India, and Pakistan. In Iran you can go to,prison for years for leaving the Muslim religion for the Christian Faith. Christians in the Middle East have been decimated by ISIS, Al Queda and the Turkish Army. Egypt is majorly guilty of burning churches and imprisoning Christians for believing the wrong way. Boko Harem in Nigeria has kidnapped, bombed, beaten and imprisoned Christians and people of other faiths. Venezuela, and Cuba have touted the Marxist dogma, jailing beating and denying right to Christians of many denominations.

Iris
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2 years ago

As always, I can't see pictures like this without crying. 😔😔

Flavia Slag
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2 years ago

Never forget. Vote wisely.

Full Name
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2 years ago

Not a fan of the recent trend towards more extreme governments on both sides, eh?

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SureShank
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2 years ago

What do modern day Germans say to all this?

Jo Choto
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2 years ago

A lot. A vast number of the Jews that were killed WERE Germans. Holocaust denial is illegal in Germany. Many Germans are passionate about human rights and German schools educate pupils about the dangers of fear and prejudice. But there is a rising undercurrent of racism creeping back into Germany. In the mainstream however, racism of the far right is vilified. Just last week a politician who won a seat because he received support from a far right party resigned because people would not tolerate it. Even Angela Merkelmade public comments that Germany could not tolerate it.

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Elizabeth Gardner
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2 years ago

This cannot happen again, ?????? okay lets tone it down a bit to no gas chambers but torture, murder, outright slaughter of women and children and then shooting deaths of hundreds of men. You think it does not happen ? will not happen? then look again. Indonesia has been doing this for a long time in ( west)Papua New Guinea and no one NO ONE!!! has tried to stop it not the UN ( Useless but they know) Not the Australian Government who sends Aid to Indonesia not another country is interested! WHY? NO ONE WANTS TO UPSET INDONESIA!!!!! For my way of thinking the old phrase "this cannot or will not happen again" is just a cover for all that these ignorant murdering bastards do. People actually believe that phrase .

Dark Half
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2 years ago

disturbing . . . but very eye opening.

Meg Węglarz
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2 years ago

We shall never forget what is holocaust and how did it star.. The biggest camp organized by nasists was placed in Poland, called Auschwitz Birkenau. In this german concentration camp 6 milions of People were killed during the 2nd World war.. 6milions of People. Not only jewish... We shall never forget!

Jo Choto
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2 years ago

Actually not accurate. There were six million Jews alone but a much greater number than that of other people, including gay people, “gypsies”, Russians, the disabled, and many more.

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Porto DaMartinica
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2 years ago

More Bergen-Belsen in flames, i beg you OP

Colleen Hindson
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1 year ago

Holocaust deniers are part of why the world is such a shitty place. They are of the mentality that created the holocaust in the first place. Thank you for these pictures. The world must never forget.

Deborah Isner
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1 year ago

I stumbled upon your site and am so appreciative that I did. I am in awe of your Great Grandfather. His pictures show the true horrors of WWII. Thank you for sharing them.

miten sasmita
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2 years ago

And the worse part is that not only nazis did those atrocities. Japan army were said to do even more horrible things in their prison camps on china and south korea. Google "maruta ww2", they were innocent people, even toddlers, used as experiment subjects by the japan army. But the world has changed. I am so glad we have international laws about war crimes. Yet we still have to acknowledge that such horrible things happened in the past, so that it wouldn't happen again.

Ottmar Straub
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2 years ago

Difficult topic

Jacey Lynn
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2 years ago

These poor kids and people! Stand strong guys! I wanted to cry

Tobie Botha
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2 years ago

I wish schools right across the world will make history compulsory so all students can witness this kind of barbarism.

Rachael K
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2 years ago

:( the lil 4 yr old boy smiling before his death broke my heart :( and many more suffered the same fate .. everyone who was a victim was innocent esp women and children no need for any of the deaths :( all bc they werent german >:(

Sophie Sof
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2 years ago

Could you remove adds from this article, I think it’s kind of disrespectful really.

Gillbella
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2 years ago

May this mothers love, and tears, lift the souls of the little children to wherever they find peace....they are not my son, but they are all sons and daughters of my heart.

Janine B.
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2 years ago (edited)

All of these horrible acts become even more disgusting if you know the Nazis already knew in the beginning of 1942 they wouldn't win the war. So they made plans to kill as many people as possible during the time left. But concentration camps were not even a German "invention". They existed in many countries before and after. Stalin had 18 million people imprisoned in labor camps known as Gulag. Four million people died during that time from hunger, diseases, the cold weather, hard work, torture or murder. Mankind is sometimes just sickening.

deanna woods
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2 years ago

Things like this have to be stopped from happening. We have to treat all people with dignity and respect. Whether you're religious or not, we all come from the same God and need to love one another. We have to stop allowing people to poison our minds with hateful opinions and thoughts. To everyone who reads this:WE HAVE TO STOP THE HATE!

Sterrinatu
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2 years ago

Tom, I think you did a wonderful job and thank you for sharing your work! Also, you have handled the negative comments on here so eloquently and professionally.

Dorothy Parker
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2 years ago (edited)

Such heartbreak. Thank you for trying to put a sense of reality to these images. May their memories continue to be a blessing.

Lee Bryant
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11 months ago

My Grandfather was one of the army personnel shipped over for the evacuation and clean up of the Bergen-Belsen camps . He too never spoke about it to us but we have a newspaper cutting of him receiving medals many years after the event for the work he did during those horrific times. When will humanity rise above the ego driven desire for destruction and cruelty to our fellow sacred life entity brothers the world over. We must evolve our consciousness to eradicate the demons that posses a soul to commit such atrocious unspeakable acts of horror. For those that can are not human and are dispossessed of humanities heart and soul and the sacred essence of divine love.

Nadia Smith
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1 year ago

I cry everytime i look at these pictures. The way that these innocent people were treated is disgusting and no one should ever have to got hrough what these people did. Some may call them weak but i think all slavery and holocaust victims are stronger than we know.

Charity Abbott
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1 year ago

You sir are a beautiful soul for these photographs ❤️

Linda Thomas
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1 year ago

I tell this for a point of perspective and reference. My father was on Iwo Jima at age 17 for 23 days. We, his family, also suffered from what he saw and did since it affected him so much. I cannot imagine how those who survived and their progeny have not suffered for generations and generations. Our fellow Jewish citizens of all ages deserve our empathy, and need to know that we will do our best to never let this happen again. Nevertheless, over 70 million people voted for tRUMP who called the Nazis at Charlottesville good people.

ALVARO GOMEZ MEJIA
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1 year ago

Enslaving, gassing and starving millions of "racial enemies" is, like all genocide, unjustifiable. But worse than what the Nazis did is the current abortion genocide, which kills in just one year, more innocent than the Nazis in their death camps between 1933 and 1945. Killing 6 or much more million "racial enemies" is execrable, but even more execrable is that millions of denatured mothers (instead of giving their children up for adoption), authorize doctors (traitors to Hippocratic oath to defend life) to dismember their unborn child that they carry in their own womb, all of this promoted and many times paid for by genocidal governments that are obliged, by Constitutions and laws, to defend the lives of their nationals, especially when they are totally innocent and unprotected, as are unborn humans. The contemporary world criticizes, with good reason, the Nazis, but it is much worse.

Joyce Marshmallow
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2 years ago

Your work is beautiful! Thank you for bringing these photos to life since so much was taken away from these poor souls! You've at least given these events some colour in order to show the world that these things existed and we must never forget.

Jo Choto
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2 years ago

I feel this has more to do with a business promotion than with the horrors of the Holocaust. I think if someone wants to advertise their company or their commercial skills, it would be better not to use victims of Shoah to do so. Respectfully, as one who is missing 3/4 of an entire family because of the Holocaust.

Fulsome Kitten
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2 years ago

Additional info: let's not forget that in addition to camps (which killed Jewish, Polish, Russian people etc.), those mf-ers also instigated uprisings in Baltic countries encouraging the locals to murder their Jewish neighbors to cut down on the cost to the Nazi's. Tens of thousands of people at a time! And the gas-vans that would drive around to communities, round up the disabled/handicapped and murder them on the spot. We can never forget that evil exists and that when evil comes to power the consequences for humanity can be devastating. Thank you OP! You have my humble respect!

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Did you ever wondered why is human race so evil??? There's a simple,straightforward answer to that question.

Marnie
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2 years ago

What strikes me, on a side note, is that I've never heard a single thing about the prisoners turning against one another. Yet, so many movies, stories, and news forcasts talk about how immediately in a crisis situation, that people will start stealing from one another, murdering one another, etc. Did the prisoners turn on each other? I've never heard that. They all starved together.

Monika Rhodes
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1 year ago

I think lots of them did. Steal from starvation, there are those who killed to survive or even ate dead people to survive. I've read lots of real stories books from WWII and the reality there was absolutely unimaginable.

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Isog Sargent
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2 years ago

We've learned nothing.

Erin Haley
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2 years ago

Thank you for this valuable work. Every image was very moving but I especially appreciated the tie to your great-grandfather and the way you saved that last image for the end.

Maper Sam
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2 years ago

horrific!

James
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2 years ago

Thank you for calling attention to the past and helping us see that “the past is present.” Why is it so much harder to recognize the pain and injustice of our own time? It is like a parent who refuses to believe their child is being abused. Acknowledging the reality seems too painful to bear. Acknowledging reality means seeing our complicity. Acknowledging the reality means recognizing the necessity of taking sacrificial action. I am thankful for those willing to call out modern injustices and even more for those willing to take action to end it.

Irene Walton
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2 years ago

so hard to look at, makes even worse when in colour for some reason

Dichele Schartel
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2 years ago

How sad.

Peggy Wallingford Butherus
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2 years ago

People look at these in horror and ask themselves how can any human being treat another human being like this, then I think of Donald Trump taking illegals children and placing them in cage. Where is our outrage? Are we any better than the Nazis that cage these human beings?