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Postwar Germany

Written by: George Chittenden : 27 Dec 2019

This image was taken in 1945 and shows the faces of German POWs, captured by Americans, watching a film about what was actually going on inside the concentration camps. This image was taken by photographer Joseph Eaton. It was part of the Allied policy in post-war Germany to purge Germany of the remnants of Nazi rule and rebuild its civil society, infrastructure, and economy. In order to deliver this, some Germans were forced to come face-to-face with the worst works of the Third Reich. Allied policy also included compulsory visits to nearby concentration camps and the display of posters featuring dead bodies of prisoners hung in public places.

The amount of evidence of the holocaust is completely overwhelming, how anyone can deny it is beyond us here at ‘The History Project’. Many Germans were of course aware of the mass killings of Jews, as they were often rounded up and deported to the camps in public. German civilians also often listened to foreign radio stations, which mentioned the mass killings. Some were even brave enough to make a stand like the resistance movement White Rose, who handed out pamphlets which attacked the killings of hundreds of thousands of Jews. Sadly they were identified, captured and sentenced to death.

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