Broken- Lindsey haun
Broken- Lindsey haun
71 years since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 27th - April 28th, 2014
Six million Jewish citizens of Europe lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis (National Socialists) in an act of genocide carried out during the Second World War. In addition to this horrendous number of lives lost, the Nazis also murdered millions of people considered inferior (Untermenschen) and undesirable. These included 2.5 million Poles, and other Slavic groups such as Russians, Ukrainians, Serbs, Czechs, Belarusians and Sorbs. The Slavs were targeted as an unwanted element and their lands were designated as living space for those who qualified as the “Aryan master race.” The Romani people of Europe were persecuted and murdered; as many as 1.5 million perished under the Nazi “racial hygiene” ideology. The disabled, deaf, blind, mentally and physically handicapped were forcibly sterilized and eventually murdered under the guise of the eugenics movement. An estimated 2.8 million Soviet prisoners of war perished in POW and concentration camps. Non-Europeans living in Europe, such as Africans and Asians, as well as black POWs (many were French colonial troops) were victims as well. Homosexuals, transsexual people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Freemasons, political prisoners, and anyone who opposed the ideology of National Socialism or was deemed as undesirable or dangerous was also eliminated through concentration and extermination camps.
Let us remember the millions lost due to an inhumane regime and its policies.
An emaciated 18-year-old Russian girl looks into the camera lens 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.
Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner identity photo provided by the Auschwitz Museum, taken by Wilhelm Brasse while working in the photography department at Auschwitz, the Nazi-run death camp where some 1.5 million people, most of them Jewish, died during World War II. Czeslawa was a Polish Catholic girl, from Wolka Zlojecka, Poland, who was sent to Auschwitz with her mother in December of 1942. Within three months, both were dead. Photographer (and fellow prisoner) Brasse recalled photographing Czeslawa in a 2005 documentary: “She was so young and so terrified. The girl didn’t understand why she was there and she couldn’t understand what was being said to her. So this woman Kapo (a prisoner overseer) took a stick and beat her about the face. This German woman was just taking out her anger on the girl. Such a beautiful young girl, so innocent. She cried but she could do nothing. Before the photograph was taken, the girl dried her tears and the blood from the cut on her lip. To tell you the truth, I felt as if I was being hit myself but I couldn’t interfere. It would have been fatal for me.”
American soldiers silently inspect some of the rail trucks loaded with dead which were found on the rail siding at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, on May 3, 1945.
Bodies lie piled against the walls of a crematory room in a German concentration camp in Dachau, Germany. The bodies were found by U.S. Seventh Army troops who took the camp on May 14, 1945.
Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, pose in a concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria, on May 7, 1945. The camp was reputedly used for “scientific” experiments.
A German SS guard, standing amid hundreds of corpses, hauls another body of a concentration camp victim into a mass grave in Belsen, Germany in April of 1945.
A victim of Nazi medical experimentation. A victim’s arm shows a deep burn from phosphorus at Ravensbrueck, Germany, in November of 1943. The photograph shows the results of a medical experiment dealing with phosphorous that was carried out by doctors at Ravensbrueck. In the experiment, a mixture of phosphorus and rubber was applied to the skin and ignited. After twenty seconds, the fire was extinguished with water. After three days, the burn was treated with Echinacin in liquid form. After two weeks the wound had healed. This photograph, taken by a camp physician, was entered as evidence during the Doctors Trial at Nuremberg.
The remains of an incinerated prisoner inside a Buchenwald cremation oven, April 1945.
Prisoners at Buchenwald display their identification tattoos shortly after camp’s liberation by Allied forces, April 1945.
A Russian survivor, liberated by the 3rd Armored Division of the U.S. First Army, identifies a former camp guard who brutally beat prisoners on April 14, 1945, at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Thuringia, Germany.