There are pictures of the Holocaust all over the internet today. They are also visible in history books, memoirs, films, biographies, and other stories that have been written about the largest genocide in the 20th century. Most pictures were initially taken by the Nazis and SS Men, probably for their own documentation of the Final Solution that they felt was critical to the superiority and success of Germany as a world power. You can find pictures of all types of elements of this time period, including:
-Children and displaced people
-Hitler and Nazi leaders
-Mobile killing squads (Einsatzgruppen)
Looking at these pictures, for some, is a difficult experience. It is one thing to hear the words of what happened during the Holocaust, but to see the children, the torture, and the horrible conditions firsthand is often too much for some people. There are plenty of pictures of innocent children held in Auschwitz, children in the ghettos, and even children's corpses that are in mass graves or waiting to be put there.
Of course, there are also pictures of Hitler and his leaders, giving insight as to who the people were behind this historical event. Prominent Nazi leaders enjoyed being photographed because they wanted to be likeable to the public so as to grow their following and show the public that they were doing "the people's work" rather than just serving their own ideology in the "Final Solution", as it was named.
Some pictures are less harrowing than others, but the tone of most is quite grim. Pictures of everything from hospitals, living quarters, medical experiments, mass graves, daily life, camp conditions, ghettos where Jews and other inferiors were forced to live, forced labor, and other events and locations throughout Europe are accessible through many different websites and can paint a very real picture of what this event was actually like beyond the stories.
Holocaust pictures aren't for everyone. People should be warned that some of these images are less than appealing and that they might be upsetting, to say the least. Still, they are out there, just one form of media used to document this time in history when more than 11 million people were killed at the hands of Hitler and his followers. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum owns the rights to many of the pictures available today, using them to educate people and provide the opportunity for remembrance of one of the largest genocides in world history.