Prosecution & Persecution?
Once, a German photographer had framed images of brutal mass murders of Jews at the Nazi concentration camp in the occupied Polish territory of Auschwitz. These rare photographs still carry the memory of one of the most infamous massacres of history. To present the brutal history of genocide (read humankind) to the new generation, 37 images, with relevant colours, have been used in a documentary film, in a rare first…
More than 1.1 million people had been killed there at the concentration camp from 1940-45! Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Holocaust survivors from Auschwitz (marked on January 27, 2020), a British channel released the documentary film, titled: ‘Auschwitz Untold‘. The channel telecast the film on January 26.
Survivors gather at Auschwitz
The film used those images from a 56-page album that contains a total of 193 images. The album was in the possession of a lady, named Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic, who, along with some of her relatives, were sent to Auschwitz by the Nazis. Although her parents and five brothers had found their places inside a gas chamber, Lilly survived. She found the album inside the pocket of an unknown person in Auschwitz. It was mentioned in the album that the photos were taken by a German photographer. At the end of the Second World War, she returned to Bilk (Germany) with that album. Later, Lilly handed the album over to Yad Vashem or the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Israel on the request of Serge Klarsfeld, a Romania-born French activist and Nazi hunter known for documenting the Holocaust in order to establish the record and to enable the prosecution of war criminals.
Meanwhile, more than 200 Holocaust survivors arrived in Auschwitz on January 27 from different parts of the globe. Each and every survivor wore that infamous blue-and-white striped dress that they used to wear during captivity! Polish President Andrzej Duda was also present in Auschwitz to welcome them. “We have with us the last living survivors, the last among those who saw the Holocaust with their own eyes,” said the President. In the presence of the German President, as well as Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders, Duda also said: “The magnitude of the crime perpetrated in this place is terrifying, but we must not look away from it and we must never forget it.”
The Liberation Of Auschwitz, colourised image
On the occasion, 91-year-old David Marks stressed: “We would like that the next generation know what we went through, and it should never happen again.” Marks, who lost 35 relatives after they all had arrived in Auschwitz from their village in Romania, insisted: “A dictator doesn’t come up from one day to the other. It happens in micro steps. If we don’t watch it, one day you wake up and it’s too late.”
Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Army on January 27, 1945.
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