The Auschwitz Album

This is the first of many entries about the death camp known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. The significance of the album, below, now in the hands of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, cannot be overstated. The following is an excerpt from their website… 

The Auschwitz Album is the only surviving visual evidence of the process of mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is a unique document and was donated to Yad Vashem by Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier.

The photos were taken at the end of May or beginning of June 1944…Read More

YouTube video produced by Yad Vashem.


7 Responses to “The Auschwitz Album”

  1. read here about Holocaust-era artifacts unearthed where the Great Synagogue of Auschwitz once stood…very cool!

  2. This is an amazing discovery especially when you think of all the families who were destroyed at or around the time these treasures were hidden. I wish there was some way to pay homage to each person who life was stolen from them.
    I am proud that there are people today who recognize the historical significance of these items and are preserving them for proof to future generations…it is the only way we can prevent something this horrific from happening again.

  3. […] their homes into the brutal Cehei ghetto and from there packed into cattle cars and transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Over 160,000 Jews from the region perished. A public dedication of the museum, attended by […]

  4. wow…how compelling!

  5. Sometimes authors use a novel or screenplay to support political or social beliefs; or to cry out for morality and ethical principles. This is no more clearly evident than with Holocaust books and films. Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize the Holocaust, or to those who support genocide we send a critical message to the world.

    We know from captured German war records that millions of innocent Jews were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany – most in gas chambers. Despite this knowledge, Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. Holocaust books and films help to tell the true story of the Shoah, combating anti-Semitic historical revision. And, they protect vulnerable future generations from making the same mistakes.

    I wrote Jacob’s Courage to promote Holocaust education. This coming of age love story presents accurate scenes and situations of Jews in ghettos and concentration camps, with particular attention to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. It examines a constellation of emotions during a time of incomprehensible brutality. A world that continues to allow genocide requires such ethical reminders and remediation.

    Many authors feel compelled to use their talent to promote moral causes. Holocaust books and movies carry that message globally, in an age when the world needs to learn that genocide is unacceptable. Such authors attempt to show the world that religious, racial, ethnic and gender persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny’s only hope.

    Viewing the Holocaust through the eyes of young lovers represents a unique and emotionally penetrating analysis of Jewish life during the Shoah. Called, “Gut wrenching and heart rending” Jacob’s Courage allows the reader to comprehend the terror experienced by Holocaust victims on a personal level. Yet, it also reveals the triumphant spirit of humankind and demonstrates how ordinary people can perform extraordinary acts of courage when the lives of loved ones are in danger.

    Charles Weinblatt
    Author, “Jacob’s Courage”

  6. […] This time, death transports would not cease until nearly every Jew in the ghetto was delivered to Auschwitz. Chelmno Transport in open rail cars   Lodz Photo Gallery   […]

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