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World War II: How was the Holocaust humanly possible?


"Millions of ordinary people witnessed the crimes of the Holocaust—in the countryside and city squares, in stores and schools, in homes and workplaces. Across Europe, the Nazis found countless willing helpers who collaborated or were complicit in their crimes. What motives and pressures led so many individuals to abandon their fellow human beings? Why did others make the choice to help?"

Source: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Engineering evil - inside the Holocaust

Travel through the archives of Eastern Europe, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, and the restoration labs of Yad Vashem in Israel to uncover and reveal the story of persecution, theft, and murder through various artefacts, rarely seen photographs, and motion picture footage. Experts from across the globe illuminate what it took to systematically implement the destruction of millions of people, and the remnants of the Holocaust are seen under a new light as the viewer is shown the lengths taken to engineer evil.

Photographs: Victim, Perpetrator, Collaborator, Bystander?

Nazi SS officers and female assistants at an SS resort 18 miles from Auschwitz.   July 1944. Many of those depicted were involved in processing the Jewish deportees who arrived at Auschwitz from Hungary in summer 1944.

Source: US Holocaust Memorial Museum




Uniformed Gestapo officials load Jews onto trucks for deportation in full view of many onlookers. Kerpen, Germany, 1942.

Source: US Holocaust Memorial Museum






Belgian schoolteacher Jeanne Damon with some of the 2,000 Jewish children she placed with families willing to take the risk to help hide them. Brussels, 1942.

Source: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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