Remembering the Holocaust - A Gallery

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These people were let off trains, not too far from the gas chambers.  In the distance are chimneys from the cremations.  Even now I can't believe this all happened. May 1944.Adolf HitlerA Jewish man jumps from the top floor to avoid capture.  Warsaw Ghetto.May 1943.  Reported to H. Himmler.  Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.The original caption read "Bandits destroyed in Battle."  They were Jews executed on the spot after being captured. Jewish prisoner being forced to take off a ring as he arrived in the Jasenovac concentration camp.. Yugoslavian women and children in a wooded area, about to get deported.  It is hard to fathom what they went through.
These people were let off trains, not too far from the gas chambers.  In the distance are chimneys from the cremations.  Even now I can't believe this all happened. May 1944.
These people were let off trains, not too far from the gas chambers. In the distance are chimneys from the cremations. Even now I can't believe this all happened. May 1944. | Source
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler | Source
A Jewish man jumps from the top floor to avoid capture.  Warsaw Ghetto.
A Jewish man jumps from the top floor to avoid capture. Warsaw Ghetto. | Source
May 1943.  Reported to H. Himmler.  Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
May 1943. Reported to H. Himmler. Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. | Source
The original caption read "Bandits destroyed in Battle."  They were Jews executed on the spot after being captured.
The original caption read "Bandits destroyed in Battle." They were Jews executed on the spot after being captured. | Source
Jewish prisoner being forced to take off a ring as he arrived in the Jasenovac concentration camp..
Jewish prisoner being forced to take off a ring as he arrived in the Jasenovac concentration camp.. | Source
Yugoslavian women and children in a wooded area, about to get deported.  It is hard to fathom what they went through.
Yugoslavian women and children in a wooded area, about to get deported. It is hard to fathom what they went through. | Source
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This is very hard to see.  From Ghetto Litzmannstadt where children were rounded up to be deported to the Chelmno death camp.  It is truly heartbreaking.This is how many got their one meal a day in the ghettos. Ghetto Litzmannstadt.Taken in 1942, Serbian prisoners in Jasenovac. Children and mothers, 1942- 1045. imprisoned in the "Kula", or tower, of Stara Gradiska concentration camp.Two Jewish toddlers wearing Jewish badges in Croatia.
This is very hard to see.  From Ghetto Litzmannstadt where children were rounded up to be deported to the Chelmno death camp.  It is truly heartbreaking.
This is very hard to see. From Ghetto Litzmannstadt where children were rounded up to be deported to the Chelmno death camp. It is truly heartbreaking. | Source
This is how many got their one meal a day in the ghettos. Ghetto Litzmannstadt.
This is how many got their one meal a day in the ghettos. Ghetto Litzmannstadt. | Source
Taken in 1942, Serbian prisoners in Jasenovac.
Taken in 1942, Serbian prisoners in Jasenovac. | Source
Children and mothers, 1942- 1045. imprisoned in the "Kula", or tower, of Stara Gradiska concentration camp.
Children and mothers, 1942- 1045. imprisoned in the "Kula", or tower, of Stara Gradiska concentration camp. | Source
Two Jewish toddlers wearing Jewish badges in Croatia.
Two Jewish toddlers wearing Jewish badges in Croatia. | Source
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Fires were set.  Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.Two Jewish Resistance fighters being questioned.  Good for them for trying to fight back.  We need to never forget all the different people involved.May 1943.  Original German Caption read, "Askaris used during the operation."
Fires were set.  Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Fires were set. Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. | Source
Two Jewish Resistance fighters being questioned.  Good for them for trying to fight back.  We need to never forget all the different people involved.
Two Jewish Resistance fighters being questioned. Good for them for trying to fight back. We need to never forget all the different people involved. | Source
May 1943.  Original German Caption read, "Askaris used during the operation."
May 1943. Original German Caption read, "Askaris used during the operation." | Source
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These people were forcibly pulled out of dug outs.  It is part of the original title, and one of the more known images from WW2.  So incredible and sad.  If you click on the link, you can see the names of the people.From Bergen Belsen
These people were forcibly pulled out of dug outs.  It is part of the original title, and one of the more known images from WW2.  So incredible and sad.  If you click on the link, you can see the names of the people.
These people were forcibly pulled out of dug outs. It is part of the original title, and one of the more known images from WW2. So incredible and sad. If you click on the link, you can see the names of the people. | Source
From Bergen Belsen
From Bergen Belsen | Source
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This well-known image was taken by a Nazi perpetrator of the mass killings of 2,749 Jews on the beach near the city of Liepāja, in Latvia.  December 15 -17, 1941Along with all these youth who were blindfolded and executed, there was one German soldier that also was shot because he would not take part in the killing.  That is an amazing story.  This was the photo I mention in the hub.
This well-known image was taken by a Nazi perpetrator of the mass killings of 2,749 Jews on the beach near the city of Liepāja, in Latvia.  December 15 -17, 1941
This well-known image was taken by a Nazi perpetrator of the mass killings of 2,749 Jews on the beach near the city of Liepāja, in Latvia. December 15 -17, 1941 | Source
Along with all these youth who were blindfolded and executed, there was one German soldier that also was shot because he would not take part in the killing.  That is an amazing story.  This was the photo I mention in the hub.
Along with all these youth who were blindfolded and executed, there was one German soldier that also was shot because he would not take part in the killing. That is an amazing story. This was the photo I mention in the hub. | Source

Images of the Holocaust - Let Us Never Forget

I will never forget the first time I saw images from the Holocaust. I will never forget the feelings I felt, and the everything about that moment, and what I learned. It was truly horrifying, in every way. Believe it or not, I guess it never had really been spelled out to me quite like it was in high school.

It was a day like any other day really. It was with my favorite teacher as well, a social studies teacher. He was rather somber, then showed us the movie. The degree of what I saw, couldn't be true. Yet it was.

My family was not one to discuss wars, much less one including the Holocaust. I think for many people it is just too awful an atrocity. Over time, I think it is very important we never forget those initial feelings any of us must have felt. We felt what we did because that is as it should be with something so awful.

Now we have Holocaust Remembrance days and weeks. We even have them internationally. We are approaching a time where more and more of the survivors are passing away. At the same time, we are entering a new era where some would even dare to suggest the Holocaust didn't even happen! We are encountering a time where truth must be stood up for, and we also need to fight hard against revisionist history.

In an effort to help to never regret, sharing photos that were taken during these awful events can help us to remember like nothing else. This is not for the faint of heart to look at, but we can never forget how distorted some people's thinking became, how much hatred of others can actually accomplish if left unchecked.

If nothing else, let these images help us never to forget people who died because of racial hatred. They didn't deserve to die for just being who they were. I think they would want us to remember them, and for us to do our best to never allow it to happen to anyone ever again.

The scariest part is that it really wasn't that long ago. It is not ancient history. Now that more and more time has passed, let us remember these lives. It could have been any of us, as we don't choose when or where we are born, or to whom. Let us live and let live, if not learn to love each other more.

There are many images shown here, some are going to be in small thumbnails. Make sure to see all the images that you want to view by clicking on these small thumbnails to make them larger. Or, there is a slide show option where you can click through the images. I have done my best to share the little I know about each image. They are all in the public domain. I think that is a good thing, so all can easily research and see what happened. So much was lost, that it is a good thing we have at least the images. If we didn't, over time, some might wonder if such an awful thing was just made up.

Thank you to all that take the time to remember these folks that were just wanting to live out their own lives like you and I want to do. Thank you to those that helped to free these people that to those that gave their own lives in doing so. There is one image of some youth that are blindfolded and about to be executed. There is a story of courage to be found here and there. One German officer refused to take part in the murder of these youth. He was forced to be shot with them. To all that took a stand to stop it before, and during and up until the end, thank you. Anyone can be an evil coward, it takes an incredibly strong person to stand up for what is right, especially when scared and all alone.

Imagine if that one German soldier were to inspire some others around him and a few others of the soldiers also stopped in the execution. They could have let those youth run free. Let us all not ever be so overcome with evil, or bad ideas and hatred or fear, that we don't stand up for what is right.

Of all the centuries that have passed, let us never allow such a bloody century as the 20th century was for this planet. Never before has there been such death and destruction at the hands of other human beings. Let it never happen again. To all that died, we remember you as much as we are able to. To all the heroes that fought one way or another at some time or another during that war, thank you. You are true heroes.

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A German man holding a baby from a mass grave.  Stjepan Filipovic, was commander of the Tomnasko-Kolubarski partisan detachment.  He is encouraging the people of Serbia to fight the "traitors of the Serbian people".  He is about to be hung.Taken 1941, Germans set fire to a Serbian village near Kosovska Mitrovica.
A German man holding a baby from a mass grave.
A German man holding a baby from a mass grave. | Source
Stjepan Filipovic, was commander of the Tomnasko-Kolubarski partisan detachment.  He is encouraging the people of Serbia to fight the "traitors of the Serbian people".  He is about to be hung.
Stjepan Filipovic, was commander of the Tomnasko-Kolubarski partisan detachment. He is encouraging the people of Serbia to fight the "traitors of the Serbian people". He is about to be hung. | Source
Taken 1941, Germans set fire to a Serbian village near Kosovska Mitrovica.
Taken 1941, Germans set fire to a Serbian village near Kosovska Mitrovica. | Source
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Survivors at Dachau.  April 29, 1945.  Free at last.  These are some of the few lucky ones. A little girl working in a paper factory, in Ghetto Litzmannstadt.  The red house in which 5 Jewish families lived from 1943-1945.  They were from Yugoslavia.
Survivors at Dachau.  April 29, 1945.  Free at last.  These are some of the few lucky ones.
Survivors at Dachau. April 29, 1945. Free at last. These are some of the few lucky ones. | Source
A little girl working in a paper factory, in Ghetto Litzmannstadt.
A little girl working in a paper factory, in Ghetto Litzmannstadt. | Source
The red house in which 5 Jewish families lived from 1943-1945.  They were from Yugoslavia.
The red house in which 5 Jewish families lived from 1943-1945. They were from Yugoslavia. | Source

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Edward J. Palumbo 2 years ago from Tualatin, OR

Difficult topic, and thank you for writing this Hub. Jamais encore - Never again. If we fail to learn from recorded history, we will certainly repeat or fail to recognize it as events unfold. Denial is pointless; the Holocaust happened and can reoccur if we fail to exercise wisdom and resolve.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Edward, thank you for your comment. I completely agree with you, and people have refused to learn all kinds of lessons from the past and paid dearly for it, as a result. Something to this scale isn't impossible, though the details could be a bit different. It does amaze me though, that some do deny that it happened. It boggles the mind that people could utter such words.


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Edward J. Palumbo 2 years ago from Tualatin, OR

It is my hope that we live in a more enlightened world, but we note the genocide of Tutsis by Hutus in Rwanda in 1994, and the slaughter of Bosnian Muslims by Serbs in 1992-1995., and the continuing violence of Darfuris in the Sudan. Without constraint, madness dominates and I marvel at the flaws of human nature. In a world in which modern technology and mass communication facilitates oversight, we are unlikely to see a repeat of Nazi atrocities, but in those corners where access is limited, where communication is restricted, these crimes are indeed an ongoing threat.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Edward, I hear you. It is indeed a great marvel, and my mind cannot grasp what humanity is capable of even with the added vantage point of our history. I have often wondered about the possibility of a repeat of Nazi like atrocities. I hope you are right that it isn't likely in much of the world due to our current state of affairs. The thing is, looking back to Nazi Germany, a lot of it had to do with the perception and mentality of the people. It kind of slowly was allowed to happen and it seems almost a brainwashing of sorts. I can't imagine that many people in the area around the camps would have stood back and let things happen, but they did somehow.

Yes, the remote places we see things happening now is heartbreaking. I feel so helpless to do anything but to pray, and I do that. Spreading the word ongoing and remembering history can't hurt. I hope our world improves in the area of morality.


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Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

First, Edward J. Palumbo wrote, "Without constraint, madness dominates and I marvel at the flaws of human nature." I believe madness is widespread in the human population. This may be because we all descended from a small group of women. Incest may have occurred to cause the mental problems so widespread today. There is really no way out of this madness, except to recognize it exists and try to deal with it. Once a problem has been identified, it can be dealt with.

Second, perhaps it is time for the Hebrews to acknowledge the holocaust/genocide they committed upon the Canaanites (See the Book of Joshua). Joshua claims a divine right to kill all Canaanites and proceeds to do so. If the Rabbis would acknowledge they wrongly committed a genocide against the Canaanites, Hebrews would obtain closure and peace of mind. Such acknowledgment could take the form of a display in Holocaust museums across the world.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

I will have to think on this more, but I appreciate your comment Jay. This is an extremely difficult subject for sure. I think there are huge problems in the human race, and think we ought to always work towards solutions to help all people in all places, achieve the highest possible good and freedom possible. This may sound ideal, but it is a good goal I think.

As for the very ancient literature you bring up, to compare against the very recent history when the Holocaust happened, I find that a curious response. I mean, I have just never heard of that before. For whatever it is worth, I think the ancienet Hebrew history includes a lot of the problems they encountered, and doesn't just show the "good", not by a long shot. It admits a lot of the wrongs. I don't cannot defend any murder or mass murder.

One thing we can probably all agree on, is that an ancient deed, will never justify a current mass murdering of any group, including the Jews in WW2. I am sure that isn't what you were suggesting, so I am not implying that, just making the point. I thank you for your feedback.


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Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

No killing of any kind is good, yet some people try to justify killing for their cause (whatever they believe).

To improve ourselves, we must recognize and acknowledge our mistakes and learn to deal with them.

If you wish to think about it some more you may wish to read the Hub, "The Book of Joshua from a Christian Perspective." The Canaanites of the past are the Palestinians of today.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

I don't disagree with your points there Jay, that makes sense and seems a moral thing to do. I am not sure what all is entailed with how you deal with the mistakes, but on the surface at least, that sounds like a good idea to me.

As for that hub, that sounds very interesting. I am always amazed at how much the current events playing out can be traced back to problems from long ago. Some never forget either, and some certainly never forgive, and carry on in the same manner ongoing. I don't know where it would ever end sometimes. Thanks for the suggested reading, I will check it out. I appreciate the time and input.

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