“Auschwitz through the lens of the SS” shows the Nazi leadership’s daily life at the camp: eating blueberries, dancing to accordion music and taking day trips to recreation areas. The scrapbook, donated to the museum last January, was likely created by SS-Obersturmführer Karl Höcker, was stationed at Auschwitz from May 1944 until January 1945.
One section of the online exhibit compares the SS-centric album with the only other known album from Auschwitz, which contains haunting photos of prisoners. Höcker’s album contains no pictures of prisoners at all.
On a somewhat related note, I saw “The Counterfeiters” recently, which is a fictionalized retelling of Operation Bernhard. The Nazis used prisoners at Sachsenhausen to forge British banknotes, eventually producing nearly 9 million of them. The movie, which won Best Foreign Film at this year’s Oscars, takes some liberties but is really interesting. Read more about Operation Bernhard here.
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