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.

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