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Sonderkommando Revolt – Auschwitz – Birkenau 7 October 1944  www.HolocaustResearchProject.org    Sonderkommando burning corpses in an open air pit at Birkenau The Sonderkommando or ("Special Command Units') were Jewish prisoners who were forced to work in the death camps at the grisly task of burning of the corpses of those already murdered by the Nazi's.   For periods lasting  from two to four month's these units worked under hellish conditions until they themselves were liquidated by the Germans, and the first task of their replacements was to dispose of the bodies of the previous group. Since a Sonderkommando usually comprised men from incoming transports, their second task often consisted of disposing of the bodies of their own families.    At Birkenau their duties included guiding the new arrivals into the gas chambers, removing the bodies afterwards, shavin... (more)

Profiting from the Holocaust

Aktion Reinhard  Profiting from the Holocaust      August Frank at the WVHA trial in Nuremberg SS- Brigadefuhrer August Frank, one of the heads of the Economic and Administrative Main Office (WVHA) issued an order on the 26 September 1942 to the Aktion Reinhard headquarters in Lublin and to the commandant in Auschwitz, regarding the correct procedure for the treatment and distribution of Jewish possessions and valuables within the extermination camps.   Within the three death camps, Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka the Germans established working commandos to sort and pack the p... (more)

Images of the Warsaw Ghetto

     The Warsaw Ghetto Image Gallery www.HolocaustResearchProject.org           [Next] [Last] A barefoot woman in the Warsaw ghetto 298 X 448 37 KB A barrel - making factory at 22 Ciepla Street in the Warsaw ghetto. 786 X 571 94 KB A body on the street in the Warsaw ghetto 480 X 349 45 KB A bunker used by the Jewish resistance during the Warsaw ghetto uprising 626 X 450 76 KB A corpse in a coffin in the Warsaw ghetto 544 X 484 69 KB A corpse slides down a shoot into a mass grave in the Warsaw ghetto 326 X 448 48 KB A debris filled street in the Warsaw ghetto 640 X 421 61 KB A factory raze... (more)

The destruction of the Austrian Jews

Anschluss & Extermination The fate of the Austrian Jews       History of Jews in Austria   Ancient Menorah from the time of the Roman Empire Evidence found in the form of ancient artifacts demonstrates the presence of a Jewish community in Austria as early as the time of the Roman empire and corroborates the previous assumption that Jews settled in what later became Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia in the third century B.C.E.   It is believed that the flow of Jewish immigration in the region increased after the rebellion against the Roman occupation of Judea. Many Jews w... (more)

The Story of Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler "He who saves a single soul , saves the world entire"  The Jewish Inscription on Schindler’s ring given to him by the Jews at Brunnlitz.          Oskar Schindler Oskar Schindler was born on 28 April 1908 in Svitavy, a Moravian industrial town, which was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Many ethnic Germans lived in Svitavy, and the surrounding area, the Sudetenland.   Oscar’s parents Johann Schindler and Francisca nee Luser were both Germans from Silesia, who had settled in Svitavy, where he worked in insurance, and the selling of electrical generators ... (more)