Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Auschwitz Through the Lens of the SS

Auschwitz Through the Lens of the SS. Talk about chilling. Did you know that the Auschwitz Death Camp was a place of fun and joy? Well, for a few people anyway. This website has photographs of Nazi leadership at the camp provided by the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

A review of the site notes, "In 1944, a German SS officer named Karl Höcker was stationed at Auschwitz as an adjutant to the camp's commandant. During the time he was there, the Nazi official kept a scrapbook. But this isn't like any Auschwitz documentation you've seen before. In these images, Höcker and other camp leadership and staff relax at a wooded retreat, hold sing-alongs, and smoke cigars. Josef Mengele, the camp's monstrous doctor, smiles and socializes. SS auxiliary women lounge on deck chairs, snack on berries, and get caught in a rain storm. Höcker lights a Christmas tree. "

It did not take long after Christmas 1944 for the Nazis to get their rightful defeat at the hand of the Allies. What a horrid scrapbook. I guess even those engaged in obvious criminality can still socialize, charm, and have a good time? Such is the banality of evil.

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