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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Photo Album Forgotten in an Attic for 60 Years


In January 2007, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received a donation of a photograph album.

The inscription "Auschwitz 21.6.1944" on its first page signaled the uniqueness of the album—there are very few wartime photographs of the Auschwitz concentration camp complex, which included Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi killing center.

Though his name does not appear anywhere in the album, the dates of the photographs and various decorations including adjutant cords on the uniform of the album's owner,

indicate that the album almost certainly belonged to and was created by SS-Obersturmführer Karl Höcker, the adjutant to the commandant of Auschwitz, SS-Sturmbannführer Richard Baer. Höcker was stationed at Auschwitz from May 1944 until the evacuation of the camp in January 1945.

This stunning new photo album, (believed to have been created and belonged to Karl Höcker, the adjutant to the commandant of Auschwitz) provides a rare insider's view of Auschwitz camp staff enjoying leisure time at a facility adjacent to the notorious death camp where thousands were been killed every day.

View a short Documentary about the album:


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