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21 Haunting Pictures From Concentration Camps 

Phil Gibbons
Updated June 4, 2019 500.6k views 21 items

Few photos exist of concentration camps during the Holocaust; however, some remarkable images depict the abject horror of the period, and their implications are deeply disturbing. One such collection, dubbed the Auschwitz Album, was discovered after the Auschwitz evacuation in a separate camp by a survivor who recognized members of her slain family. This camp was over 400 miles away.

The woman who found the photos came from a transport of Hungarian Jews, photographed from the time they departed transport trains up until they were ushered into the gas chambers. They were taken by two SS photographers, one who served three years in a Polish jail and another who disappeared after WWII. The album was ultimately donated to the Israeli government to assist in the prosecution of Adolf Eichman.

Another cache came from the Hoecker Album, which included pictures taken by SS member Karl Friedrich Hoecker of the Auschwitz staff during leisure time. The carefree demeanor of the staff is truly striking when contrasted with their sinister endeavor. Actual photos taken by the Sonderkommando, the prisoner unit that conducted operations in the Auschwitz gas chamber, also survived, transported out of the camp by Polish resistance. 

These photographs of concentration camp facilities provide a haunting reminder of the incredible cruelty and destruction of the Holocaust, as well as a warning to future generations of the horrors of fascism, intolerance, and indifference. 

Elderly Woman And Children Walking To The Gas Chambers
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Photo: German Federal Archives/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Secret Sonderkommando Photo Of Women Being Led Into The Gas Chamber
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Photo: Alex, Aleko or Alekos/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Newly Liberated Prisoners At Ebensee, Near Mauthausen, Austria
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Photo: Lt. Arnold E. Samuelson/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Arrival Of The Treblinka Transport
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Upon arrival, virtually all deportees on this transport were ushered into the gas chambers.