Reality of the Holocaust on Film & in Personal Collections

Not enough can be said in protest of those few who deny the reality of the Holocaust. Some of this denial is a thinly veiled means to deny the right of the state of Israel to exist. If the Holocaust can be minimalized then the state of Israel would have no reason to have been formed. But, worse, Holocaust denial is a refutation of the evil that took the lives of more than 50 million people during WWII. It is an invalidation of unspeakable loss, suffering, tragedy, murder and inhumanity. To refuse admission to the evils of the Holocaust is to be counted among the kinds of minds that enabled such events to take place.

Yet, the fact remains that the Holocaust is the single most well-documented event in human history. Moreover, the records of the Holocaust are not the records of the Jews, but rather of the Germans, Nazis, Soviets, French, resistance fighters, U.S. Military, doctors, Poles, prisoners, aid workers, Italians, Dutch, British and others.

Tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers brought home with them memorabilia in the form of personally taken photographs and documents to remind them of what they had witnessed first hand upon liberating Nazi concentration camps.

When Martin Small was rescued from Mauthausen concentration camp in Linz, Austria, he was, like thousands of others, a mere skeleton, weighing no more than 75 pounds. He was unconscious and left among the dead in his barracks. The photograph above was taken by U.S. Captain Fabrick who was among the liberating forces first reaching the camp. Capt Fabrick’s photos and evidence appears in the newly released Remember Us, a book detailing the heroic adventures of Holocaust survivor Martin Small.

Although long and gruesome, here is archival footage offering a small sample of what the Allied forces encountered upon reaching the camps:

Liberating Forces Encounter Horrors of Nazi Camps

3 thoughts on “Reality of the Holocaust on Film & in Personal Collections”

  1. I think it is always a crime to take a life with the knowledge of the act. I think there are those who have no knowledge of their behaviors and there are those who do have the knowledge. There are those who know they are committing a crime and continue the behaviors. There are those who have no knowledge or are blind. I have spent hours and hours and day blind to the reality of the life I was living. Those who are blind have no control verses those who see with their two eyes.

  2. 50 million and the jews victim is less than 1% of it. Why always the jews become the pioneer of victim? Why do you forget other victims that are much more bigger in number? Please be REALISTIC!

  3. This is the story of one man’s life yet somehow you are seeing it as a book about Jews and their suffering. It is a biographical piece of one man’s journey through terrible times in which his entire family was murdered. We have to look at these events as individual occurrences instead of becoming washed away by politics.

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