Jews who were classified as “not fit for work” waiting in a grove outside Crematoria IV before they were to be gassed. At this point, the Jews were exhausted and in a state of shock from the horrors of the journey and the selection process that they had just endured. The vast majority had no idea what fate awaited them. These photos are from the Auschwitz Album. The Auschwitz Album is the only surviving visual evidence of the process of mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
This Album is unique: there is not a similar album of its kind in the entire world. It documents, in about two hundred photos from every direction and from every angle, the process of arrival, the selection, the confiscation of property and the preparation for the physical liquidation of a Jewish transport. This transport came from the area of Carpatho-Ruthenia (a region annexed in 1939 to Hungary from Czechoslovakia) and arrived at the ramp of the extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1944. These rare photos provide both moving and painful documentation of the entire process, except for the killing itself. To purchase a copy of the album, click here.