I’m reading an amazing book called Voices of Yesterday by Michael Yarwood. It is set in the Warsaw Ghetto during ’42-43 and the oppression and systematic extermination of the Jews by the Nazi’s. And the vivid words of the writer got me to thinking and imagining what these people went through, the suffering and brutality forced upon them by the Nazi’s (and not just Jews, but Romani, homosexuals, ethnic minorities and many more). The figures stand at around 6 MILLION Jews wiped out by the Nazi regime (2/3 of the European population of Jews). If you include the other groups killed by the Nazi’s this figures rises to between 11-17 MILLION PEOPLE! All non-soldiers.
So I’ve done some surfing and found some pictures I’d like to share with you. Next time you hear someone verbally abuse someone or say racist or homophobic comments, show them these photos and ask them to look into the people’s eyes and put themselves in their shoes:
April 12, 1945: Lager Nordhausen, where 20,000 inmates are believed to have died.
A member of Einsatzgruppe D is about to shoot a man sitting by a mass grave in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, in 1942. Present in the background are members of the German Army, the German Labor Service, and the Hitler Youth. The back of the photograph is inscribed “The last Jew in Vinnitsa”.
Jews captured and forcibly pulled out from dugouts by the Germans during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The photo is from Jurgen Stroop’s report to Heinrich Himmler
A child dying on the streets of the Warsaw Ghetto
Starving prisoners in Mauthausen camp liberated on May 5, 1945
Romani children in Auschwitz, victims of medical experiments
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it-George Santayana