Bone Chilling Pictures of Jews Being Humiliated And Led Off To Be Exterminated By Nazi Germany


Adolf Hitler and the other Nazi leaders of Germany believed that Jews were racially inferior and dangerous. They used propaganda to convince the German people that they had to be dealt with. The Nazis made laws that deprived Jews of their rights and property. Then they forcibly separated them from the rest of German society and put them into ghettos.

They were made to wear yellow triangles so that everyone would know they were Jews. They made a plan to kill not only all the Jews in Germany but all the Jews in the countries that Germany had conquered. They called this plan the ‘Final Solution’ to the Jewish ‘problem.’ The world has come to call this terrible atrocity the ‘Holocaust.’ Jews call it ‘Shoah.’

Between 1941 and 1945 almost 9 million European Jews were murdered. This genocide was one of the largest in history. And not only Jews were oppressed and killed. Russians, Poles, Romani (Gypsies), the physically and mentally disabled, communists, homosexuals and many other minority groups suffered.

Every branch of the German government was involved in the genocide. Over 200,000 officials were involved in the murders. Germany ran 42,500 concentration camps and other facilities involved in moving, detaining and killing Jews and other people. Some of the most infamous of the extermination camps were Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Belzec. Most were killed with poisonous gas.

Others were shot or worked to death. Before the poor victims were killed, they were often made to work for the Nazis without proper food and rest. Nazi doctors also performed horrible experiments on them.

After the war, Nazi leaders were put on trial by the Allies or these and other crimes. The trials took place at Nuremberg in Germany. Many were found guilty and imprisoned or executed.

German war photographers took pictures of all that happened in the Third Reich that included the treatment of the Jews.

We have made a selection of these pictures that have been made available by the Bundesarchiv.

Minsk – Jews force marched through the streets

Poland, Ghetto Litzmannstadt – Jews performing forced labor

Greece – Salonika, Jews being herded together to be sent to forced labor camps. 1941.

The Soviet Union- Jews marched off for forced labor, 1941.

Serbia – After Belgrade was captured the Jews were rounded up to be set to work

North-Africa – Tunis, Jews marched off to perform forced labor

Polish Jews performing forced labor

Poland – Jewish man and woman reading a proclamation restricting them further

Poland – Jews in a Jewish prison camp in 1939

The Soviet-Union – Jewish men taking a break 

France – On the border between Nazi-occupied France and Vichy France a large sign says, “Jews are not allowed to cross the demarcation line into occupied France.”

France – A Jewish Man rounded up for forced labor

France – Marseille, Gare d’Arenc. Deportation of Jews to a concentration camp

France – Marseille, Gare d’Arenc. Deportation of Jews to a concentration camp

Poland – Arrested Jews moved by truck

Poland – Jewish men on the streets

The Soviet Union – Jews forced to clean the streets

The Soviet Union –  A Jewish man being pulled through the streets by locals while German soldier watch

Poland – Warsaw, Polish men forced to clear the streets of rubble

Translated Nazi propaganda text: “We’ve got them at last!’ Jews from Germany, who escaped via Berlin, Vienna, Prague and Warsaw to Amsterdam and are interned in the Netherlands in order to spread their nasty stories all over the world. We have managed to capture a few of those Jews leading this, others managed to escape to Paris and London, but we’ll find them and find a fitting punishment for their poisonous interference!”

Greece – Jews in the process of being deported

Beard forcibly cut off a Jewish man

Smiling Germans from the SD while transporting arrested Jews

Latvia – Salaspils Concentration Camp, a Jew being beaten in front of other prisoners.

Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto being transported in open trucks

A large sign outside the Ghetto Litzmannstadt; “Jewish living area, entry forbidden.”

Jews in the Ghetto Litzmannstadt behind barbed wire

French Jews being held in Drancy – 1941

Polen, Krakau – Germans move in for a “Razzia”; rounding up Jews.

Poland – Krakau, German soldiers from the Ordnungspolizei rounding up Jews

Dachau Concentration Camp, Jewish prisoners

Frankreich.- Beaune-la-Rolande, prisoners (presumed to be Jews) living in huts

Jewish men being sorted in Auschwitz, those that will be forced to work are separated from those who will be dead within 6 hours.

Auschwitz – Large pile of glasses taken from murdered Jews

Source of all images: Bundesarchiv / Federal Archives

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.