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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
October
October 1939, Jews gathered for forced labor in Przemysl, Poland

October 1939

Jews gathered for forced labor in Przemysl, Poland

This picture is part of an album portraying Mountain Division 1 of the Wehrmacht, which saw action in Poland in September 1939. Among landscapes of the Tatra Mountains, depictions of combat at the front, and shots of Russian locales and Polish prisoners, are several photos of Jews whom the soldiers had rounded up to clear debris and rebuild a demolished bridge. The owner of the album added several remarks under the photos: "Jewish rabble" ("Jueden Gesindel") and "The Chosen People: they learn this, too" ("Die Auserwaehlten: Auch Sie Lernen's"). Click here for more about this album.

Yad Vashem Photo Archives FA 300/171