I was browsing through some old links today and came across one that I had visited some time ago. It’s called Auschwitz Through the Lens of the SS. It’s a stunning piece of work and shows a side of Auschwitz you may have never seen. Of course, some of the images are very disturbing.
Courtesy of Yahoo! picks:
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.
In January of this year, these rare, unnerving photographs were donated to the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Now, the museum has made them available online, along with background on Höcker and a moving comparison with the “Auschwitz album,” the one other known photographic collection from the camp. The contrast between the two is terrifying, and unforgettable.