Photos of WWII German Concentration Camps

The exact number is not known, but it is believed that millions of people died in German Concentration Camps, during the course of WWII. Many of the liberators of the camps, were not prepared for what they say when they arrived.  
The photos on this page, are not for those with weak stomachs. While these photos are shocking, I purposely chose not to include many photos that would make the photos on this page look tame in comparison. 
The physical pain is obvious, but it is hard to imagine the emotional pain that families caught in these terrible places had to endure before their deaths. It is very sad what human beings can do to each other.
These huge piles of clothes, belonged to prisoners at Dachau Concentration Camp. Photo, April 30, 1945. 
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 531288 / Local Identifier 111-SC-206193
 This large group of prisoners at the Ebensee, Austria camp, was liberated by the 80th Division. Some reports said that the camp was used for scientific experiments. Photo: May 7, 1945.
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 531271 / Local Identifier 111-SC-204480
 These men were slave laborers at Buchenwald concentration camp near Jena. They were liberated by the 80th Division. Photo: April 16, 1945.
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 208. ARC Identifier 535560 / Local Identifier 208-AA-206K-31
 The U.S. Ninth Army liberated this group of prisoners at the German concentration camp at Wobbelin. The prisoner on the ground broke into tears when he found out he would not leave with the first group to the hospital. 
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 531292 / Local Identifier 111-SC-206391
 
Liberated prisoners at the Mauthausen concentration camp welcome the 11th Armored Division.
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 531293 / Local Identifier 111-SC-206395
 Here, stronger prisoners at Wobbelin Concentration Camp, help weaker prisoners into a truck, to be transported to receive medical care. 
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 531291 / Local Identifier 111-SC-206379
 These two men were liberated from the Lager Nordhausen, Camp. Nordhausen was a Gestopo Camp.
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 111 
 Prisoners at the prison camp at Belsen, Germany. Photo taken 4-28-1945.
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 594425 / Local Identifier 111-SC-204376

Prisoners at Belsen, Germany Prison Camp, who were liberated by British Troops, on 4-15-1945.
Australian War Memorial Photo: Details 
 German soldiers being searched, by the British, at Belsen Prison Camp, 4-15-1945.
Australian War Memorial Photo: details
This photo of an enormous pile of shoes was taken at Belsen Prison Camp, April 23, 1945. It is unimaginable, but each pair represents the loss of one human life.
Photograper: Isaac, C H
Australian War Memorial Photo:  details
 General Dwight D. Eisenhower watches as prisoners demonstrate how they were tortured at the concentration camp at Gotha. Photo April 12, 1945.
Photo: National Archives, part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 531263 / Local Identifier 111-SC-203475

Photo: National Archives, part of record group  

6 comments:

Peter M Duran, Lawrence Kansas said...

Never Never Never Forget.

lar howes said...

why does religion cause so much hate in the world.

toooldsmart said...

"It can't happen here" YES it CAN! IF we forget and let our Children remain IGNORAT of the fact that FREEDOM isn't FREE!

keith leadbetter said...

Religion its self doesn't cause hatred. Most religions teach you to turn the other cheek and for give your transgressors. It is simple minds and mean spirited people and their intolerance toward others who use religion to exercise their hatred. They wrongly interpret religious texts for their own means. Very few religions preach convert or die.

Eugene Summers said...

Mr. Howes,
What religion caused the Holocaust? Hitler and the Nazis were dedicated Darwinists, just like the monsters in the Soviet Union. Atheistic communists and socialists caused the 20th century to be the bloodiest in history. Read From Darwin to Hitler by Professor Richard Weikart and inform yourself.

Shlomo liberman said...

Although I wouldn't classify Hitler as religious, his views were certainly influenced by the teachings of Martin Luther - read Hitler's Spiritual Ancestor" by Peter F. Weiner(1985, Gustav Broukal Press)
Luther wrote in his book "On the Jews and their Lies" 1943 - "set fire to their synagogues or schools"
So Hitler didn't invent anti-Semitism

Shlomo Liberman