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The bodies are an unsettlingly healthy color.
This is one instance when I would prefer this sub to have a more mature name.
This was taken on the 12th of April, not the 18th.
> American soldiers of the 80th Infantry Division are standing next to a pile of corpses on a trailer at Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar. 12th April 1945. They had just entered the camp. Several journalists arrived on the same day. Germany.
And then to think there are *still* Nazis who’d like to see things like that happen again. ??♀️
Makes me feel sick. I do wonder what these soldiers and workers thought about it at the time. How many of them deep down knew it was wrong, or how they internally justified such evil to themselves. It just seems unfathomable to me. I guess the history of our species is one filled with violence, suffering, and evil.. so maybe it really isn’t that hard to condition ordinary men into such evil.
Photos like this are hard to take in. Even more incomprehensible is that this is but a drop in the bucket of the horror that occurred.
Tf is that building in the background? One of the crematoriums?
Perhaps the most shameful event in human history right there. Horrible.
Does anyone know when the last Nazis left the camp? Did they leave the day before or something, did they fight to defend it…?
To think that this only happened 70 years ago
It gives me chills like looking at a slaughter house…. yet way WAY worse…
I’ve seen a lot of sickening shit in my life, but how those men have the stomach to stand there, staring at what look to be very fresh corpses all piled on top of each other, I don’t want to understand how they did it, and did it while looking so casual to boot.
Imagine being an Allied soldier, coming over from the US or the UK or somewhere else, fighting for your country, expecting battles and the savagery of war and finding this; a machine of slaughter, more clinically heinous than anything seen before. How could they describe what they saw to their loved ones? Anyone that saw those atrocities first hand must have had extreme PTSD for the rest of their lives.
I feel weird clicking the arrow to boost this but seriously people must never forgot this.
Fuck man, didn’t need to see this today
The holocaust was horrible. So many people murdered and not just Jews.
But don’t forget how many Stalin had killed. Polpot in Cambodia. Gen. Mao in China. Central and South America, Africa. America itself was quite the genocide king up through the 19th century.
Man is quite brutal in its justification and efficiency of getting rid of other humans.
Is this one of those instances where they made the German citizens bury the bodies?
[Franz Stangl](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Stangl), Commandant of Sobibór and Treblinka, described how they viewed these piles of bodies:
“To tell the truth, one did become used to it… they were cargo. I think it started the day I first saw the Totenlager [extermination area] in Treblinka. I remember Wirth standing there, next to the pits full of black-blue corpses. It had nothing to do with humanity — it could not have. It was a mass — a mass of rotting flesh. Wirth said ‘What shall we do with this garbage?’ I think unconsciously that started me thinking of them as cargo.”
The name “Wirth” that he is referencing is the notorious Commandant of Bełżec, [Christian Wirth](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Wirth).
Edit: A word.
They look so skinny and malnourished. Such a terrible scar in human’s history.
Never seen this one before. Good find.
Annie Jacobsen was just on the JRE show and she mentioned she was able to go to either Buchenwald or Auschwitz and get special access as a journalist/author to photos and evidence deemed too graphic for public release. I’m not quite sure why, at this point, they’re not public? At the very least they should be on display at the Holocaust museum here in DC.
they are not healthly looking guys it’s something about with the coloring
I was in Buchenwald with my class, every student has to do it at some point as it isn’t too far away from the school I went to.
We were there in a very heavy winter day with extrem snowfall and we went in and somewhere was a picture of a few people working in a similar weather condition there but completely naked. Still haunts me to this day
Some of these soldiers in the picture could still be alive. It wasn’t that long ago.
I have a nephew that has worked security at the Holocaust Museum in DC for years. The sad stories he sees and hears almost daily can break your heart.
imagine being an american infantryman and just coming across this in a forest. must have been truly horrifying
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Gotta love the guy second from top left with the camera. As soon as camps were discovered Eisenhower made damn sure that each unit had cameras and documented the hell out of the camps so there would be no denying the horrors the allies unearthed.
Wish they did not colourize it. Man it has an even deeper effect when you see it pretty much the way it looked. Yikes.
Imagine trying to explain this to aliens.
“Ah, well this guy, there was, eesh…”
Is there a phot documentary of it, like theatlantic did for the first and second WW?
I never really thought seeing pictures in colour made that much difference but seeing this feels a lot worse than other pictures I’ve seen of the holocaust in black and white.
Some where some ass is going to say these are faked
This is where extreme us versus them mentality will always lead you. I always think of me being in the position of both victim and aggressor and it’s just a heartbreak. We just need to respect differing opinions and be true to ourselves instead of crusading our beliefs. The thing with beliefs and opinions is that by definition they make us think we know best.
While we are all laughing at Nazi jokes, it’s good to remember the reality of that terrible war
There used to a site called ogrish.com that used to show the most grissly videos and pics. Years and years ago hen it still existed, I stumbled upon a documentary that showed really disturbing footage of bulldozers digging holes and plowing dead bodies into the graves by the hundreds. It was just basically video of the germans killing and disposing of bodies at Auschwitz. Wish I could find it again. It was gruesome as hell, but it showed what they really did to those poor people.
“Are we the baddies?”
In all seriousness, how could soldiers and officers look at this and think, yeah I’m on the right side.
That grey thing in the back is the bear exhibit in the camp’s zoo and was popular with local children from Weimar. Please tell me again how the German population didn’t know what was going on.
The battlefield didn’t do it at Coventry.
I’ve only ever seen black a white photos of the holocaust which really disconnected me to just how real it was (since life isnt black and white), so seeing it in color is kinda scary. They had the same sunshine, same weather, same day/night cycle and yet all of that horror occurred like it was nothing.
I cant even begin to imagine what it would be like to be there either as a prisoner or as an Ally soldier when they arrive at the gates.
Genocide still happens, that’s what gets to me.
Honest question, did these people die of gassing, or were these just people who died of other causes, I have never thought of what a persons body who was gassed looked like, but I didn’t think it would look like this.
Looks like they could have died from starvation or something, they look so skinny 🙁