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Auschwitz, Poland, Identification snapshots of prisoners and family photographs that were found in the camp after its liberation
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Yad Vashem Photo Archive
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No. 1-142 are photographs of Jewish families. The inmate ID photos were taken by the camp's Erkennungsdienst, the photographic identification unit. Most of the photos were taken by Wilhelm Brasse, an inmate of German-Polish decent with photographic training. Brasse has estimated that he took about 40,000 to 50,000 "identity pictures" from 1940 until 1945, before being forcibly moved to another concentration camp in Austria. It is estimated that around 200,000 ID photos were taken in Auschwitz; around 40,000 survived. There is a 52-minute Polish documentary film about Brasse's life and work, entitled The Portraitist (Portrecista, Poland, 2005).
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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
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Yad Vashem
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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
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1137/0
Collection: 578 Items
Auschwitz, Poland, Identification snapshots of prisoners and family...
JS: manipulation of the world opinion, all this made Germans, not Poles fclingenpeel: My father -- who was there when the Nazis took over -- used to tell me of how when the Germans came into his village, they were greeted as liberators because of all of the pogroms inflicted on them by the Cossacks after the Nazi-Soviet Pact. Yes, the Germans were butchers; but leave us not forget that these conditions were already taking root before the war -- a fact that even my stepfather {himself no admirer of the Jewish race -- acknowledged. So let us view this as a condemnation of the society, as well as the Nazis. mariusztatara: If this is museum, and museum published and share this photos, they should change description ASAP. Please read this document: http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/363 Sonrisa Sonrisa: "[capthompson]Even today some of my Polish students have such a hatred for Jews. They do not believe Dr. Viktor Frankl's book recording survival methods while at Auschwitz. Some even refer to Auschwitz prisoners as "criminals". I always end this unit by showing the documentary "Night and Fog", which has caused some to change their minds inasmuch as it contains German documented proof of the horrors against the Jews at Auschwitz." I do wonder where you find these "Polish students". I am a Polish citizen whose (Polish) grandfather was a prisoner in Auschwitz and Mauthausen where he died. My generation (I was born in 1962) grew up reading about the Holocaust, watching documentaries, living the painful legacy in families whose members perished in the war. I do not know about Canada, but here in Poland you would have to be deaf and blind to be ignorant about the Holocaust. The sweeping generalization you are making in as unjust as it is harmful and misleading. If you educate the young, please consider a more balanced, objective approach. JS: dont write Poland, write area ocupied by Germany, we did not do all this thing, we do not like your hate to Poles. JJanecka: "[capthompson] Even today some of my Polish students have such a hatred for Jews. They do not believe Dr. Viktor Frankl's book recording survival methods while at Auschwitz. Some even refer to Auschwitz prisoners as "criminals". I always end this unit by showing the documentary "Night and Fog", which has caused some to change their minds inasmuch as it contains German documented proof of the horrors against the Jews at Auschwitz." When talking about your Polish students hating Jews and being convinced only by the German documents... I take it you mean specific people, probably not in Poland, but the way it looks like really leads to generalizations, especially if read by those who're not the best at this part of the history lesson. It is a very short step ahead towards associating the concentration camps with Poland as the active party here. Needless to say, Poles suffered heinous crimes and died in those concentration camps along the representatives of other nations. The Nazis were responsible for the camps. Not the other way round. balonio: I look at these people and my heart breaks with every picture. After all these years most of them are still "numbers" !!! . Thanks for publishing this album. I hope THEY will receive their names back. I`m teaching my children about this cruel war, about Nazis, about Auschwitz and hope THIS will never happen again. Please change the description... Once I was talking to Englishman (he was about 24 at tah time) and he thought that Hitler was polish !!! This kind of misleading decriptions might cause this. 1) Facts: Auschwitz (German: Konzentrationslager Auschwitz) was a network of concentration and extermination campsbuilt and operated in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. [..] At the beginning of World War II, nearly a quarter[1] of the pre-war Polish areas were annexed by Nazi Germany and placed under German civil administration. The annexation was part of the "fourth" partition of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, outlined months before in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. 2) As you rightly demand sensititivy and respect of your plight, be equally sensitive to feelings of others. So do not be surprised that the reference to "polish concentration camps" or "Auschwitz, Poland" causes strong reactions. What I am suprised by is that such a well researched, organized and run Museum makes such a "mistake". Because you don't know? Well, that's not possible really, right? The whole story is about knowing and remembering. So what is it? 3) I have visited Yad Vashem. It is powerful, overwhelming, important. Even for someone, like me, who knew, learned, understood. Many others did too - the garden of stones of the Righteous confirms that. And this list http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/pdf/virtial_wall/poland.pdf too. 4) Correct your mistake. Respectfully, jsw ps: I am also sending my note to your: Feedback feedback@yadvashem.org.il and Reference and Information Services holocaust.resources@yadvashem.org.il addresses. capthompson: Even today some of my Polish students have such a hatred for Jews. They do not believe Dr. Viktor Frankl's book recording survival methods while at Auschwitz. Some even refer to Auschwitz prisoners as "criminals". I always end this unit by showing the documentary "Night and Fog", which has caused some to change their minds inasmuch as it contains German documented proof of the horrors against the Jews at Auschwitz. bosco7: AUSCHWITZ WAS A GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMP IN GERMANY !! AT THAT TIME POLAND WAS NO MORE. IT WAS ANNEXED BY GERMANY! AND GERMANS BUILD AND KILLED PEOPLE! CHANGE THE DESCRIPTION FOR JESUS CHRIST!! Magdalena Ostrowska-Konopka: I try to be once a year in Auschwitz, follow in the footsteps of people who were not guilty of anything...but please change the discription... Szczepi_7: Great archive ! That's prove that it was really happen, but one thing - could You change description ??. Or at least make a note that it was during German occupation ?. It make me nervous when I see words: "concentration camp" and "Poland" together. v: This is wrong discription, it wasnt Poland back then, it was under Nazi German occupation, placed in borders of Regierungsbezirk Kattowitz. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/31 its big and awful mistake, fix that please Melanie McPeck: I was born in 1978. My father in 1950, he never let a minute go by without teaching us how important it is to never forget the past and to make sure that it would never repeat itself again. I knew about Auschwitz before I went to elementary school and I never lost my curiosity for it. I never want to stop learning about it. No one should ever forget it. Thank you so much for opening the archives.