What would you have done had you been A victim? Brandon Baker, Riley Chavez, Dylan Banning
Before the Holocaust Jewish life was fairly average in comparison to other groups
Pictured her is a primarily Jewish district in Paris in the early 1930s
While life was not always easy it was peaceful
In just a few short years people just like the ones pictured her would have their world torn in two
The Nuremberg laws marked the start of the Holocaust; not allowing Jews to own businesses, go to school, and most notoriously wear the yellow star of David
Here a Jewish home is being burned to the ground while all the former residents can do is watch
Pictured the day after Kristallnacht
Jews were then forced to move into designated ghettos, most of the belongings they left behind were stolen.
These ghettos were cramped and infested with vermin. Many times multiple families lived in one room.
Some fought back yet were crushed by the Nazis. Here we have a group of Nazis within the Warsaw ghetto during the uprising.
When time came to liquidate the ghettos people were often lined up against walls and shot.
Those who made it out of the ghettos were then rounded up and sent by train car to one of many concentration camps
Barbed wire was put at the windows to prevent anyone from jumping from the train
With the conditions of the cars being so appalling many didn't survive.
Here we have a group of Romanian Gypsies overseeing the removal of the dead from the cars
This was the final stop for those who had survived Kristallnacht , the ghettos, and the train ride.
You were stripped of everything once you arrived, pictured is hundreds of rings taken from new arrivals
Families were split up and often children had to lie about their age to stay alive and worked from digging ditches to piling up the dead bodies
Conditions were worse than that of the ghettos, people were so cramped together that many contracted diseases such as typhoid
Many prisoners were subject to experiments such as hypothermia, genetics, infectious diseases, interrogation, torture, high altitude, pharmacological, sterilization, surgery, traumatic injuries, and freezing
Often twins were the most favored among the scientists by seeing how they would react to pain together, if death changed their body together, and to pursue painful exams which would leave them screaming in agony
There was no discrimination of race, gender, or even age. Everyone was forced to suffer.
Near the end of WWll the Nazis ordered that the prisoners be moved to major camps such as Auschwitz to be killed, many would not make it there.
At the very end of the war many of the Nazi forces had either been eliminated or fled. Camps one by one were liberated
Those who had survived it all were truly in shock. Many would go on and attempt to find those of their family that remained.
Not all were so lucky. Most had no one left.