7 harsh photographs from the Nazi death camps when they were liberated by the Allies. Photographed by Allied photo agencies at the end of the war. Signed on the back with ink stamps of the agencies that photographed them - Ministere de l'information / L.A.P.I and others.
Photographs: Bodies in the Ohrdroff death camp (Nazi concentration camp and labor camp located near the city of Weimar in Germany. Was part of the network of concentration camps that surrounded the Buchenwald concentration camp. Ohrdroff was the first concentration camp to be liberated by the United States military forces. When the soldiers of the armored division entered the camp, they discovered piles of corpses, some covered with lime, and another part of the corpses partially burned); the Dachau Crematorium; Burial of bodies in the concentration camp Wiener Neudorf (a sub-camp of Mauthausen which was established in August 1943); A horrifying photograph of prisoners burying the bodies of their fellow prisoners who perished in the Dachau camp; bodies of those who perished in Bergen-Belsen; German locals visiting the crematoria of Buchenwald under the guidance of an Allied soldier at the end of the war; The commander of the Bergen-Belsen camp, Josef Kramer, after he was captured by the allies in the camp.
The liberation photographs taken by the U.S. Army Photography Unit largely shaped the visual collective memory of the Holocaust. The order to send the photography department into the camps and bring the images of the horror served two main purposes which were the intention of the Allies - one, to present to the public the crimes of the Nazi regime to justify the total conscription and the many victims of the war. And the second, no less important, is to gather as much evidence as possible for the purpose of indicting Nazi war criminals in trials held at the end of the war. The visual documentation did indeed serve the prosecution at trial and stood as a significant factor in their final conviction. After the Allied trials, these photographs were circulated among the German population, which most of all reflected the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazi regime, And they are intended for the historical memory for generations and for the re-education of occupied Germany in the spirit of the values of democracy.
Same size: 23x17 cm. Very good condition.