Tracing the Tribe
pointed us in the direction of a US Holocaust Memorial Museum online exhibit of haunting scrapbooks
from the Auschwitz concentration camp complex. Very few photos of Auschwitz during wartime exist, and what makes these even rarer is the subject matter.
SS-Obersturmführer Karl Höcker, was stationed at
Auschwitz from May 1944 until January
1945. One section of the online exhibit compares
the SS-centric album with the only other known album from Auschwitz, which contains haunting photos of prisoners. Höcker's album contains no pictures of prisoners at all.
On a somewhat related note, I saw "The Counterfeiters
" recently, which is a fictionalized retelling of Operation Bernhard
. The Nazis used prisoners at Sachsenhausen to forge British banknotes, eventually producing nearly 9 million of them. The movie, which won Best Foreign Film at this year's Oscars, takes some liberties but is really interesting. Read more about Operation Bernhard here
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